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Politics, Political and Politically Correct

Politics According to the Oxford English Dictionary the first English use of the word politics can be traced back to 1450: Aristotle..componede..the book of Etiques and of Polettiques. A distinction is often made between small-p and large-p politics. Small-p politics … Continue reading


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Talcott Parsons (1902-1979) – “To be insulted by these fascists, it’s so degrading…”

Talcott Parsons (1902-1979) was an American sociologist who emphasized the functional role of social stratification, as well as a positive relationship between education and politics. His work clearly rejects communism and fascist totalitarianism. In fact, he was impressed by Max … Continue reading


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Rona and other myths undercut our cosmological arrogance

Embed from Getty Images In Oceanic mythology Rona is a fierce female cannibal who eats her beautiful daughter’s lover.¹ Another Oceanic myth tells of a male god, Rona, who fights the moon to rescue his abducted wife.² According to this story, … Continue reading


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Plato’s Republic – A far-reaching attempt to understand life and eternity

The Republic is a political, philosophical and literary work by the ancient Greek Plato. Written in dialog form around 380 BCE, it reads more like a play than a dry treatise on philosophy, maths, political theory or the arts. Plato writes … Continue reading


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Reason, Revelation, Inspiration and Illumination – A Matter of Character or Degree?

Embed from Getty Images In both philosophy and theology a distinction is often made between knowledge obtained through reason and knowledge obtained through revelation Many learned and pious discussions follow from this way of looking at things. But I believe … Continue reading


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Comte Henri de Saint-Simon – His concern for the poor shines above everything else

Claude Henri de Rouvroy, comte de Saint-Simon (1760-1825) or, more commonly, Saint-Simon is one of those figures who comes up regularly in sociology courses, especially so-called “classical” or “classical theory” courses.¹ Until writing this entry, I knew little about him. But I … Continue reading