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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book WALTER ONG'S CONTRIBUTIONS TO CULTURAL STUDIES: THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF THE WORD AND I-THOU COMMUNICATION (Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2000; 2nd ed. 2009, forthcoming). The first edition won the 2001 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology conferred by the Media Ecology Association. For further information about his education and his publications, see his UMD homepage: Click here to visit Dr. Farrell's homepage.
On September 10 and 22, 2009, he discussed Walter Ong's work on the blog radio talk show "Ethics Talk" that is hosted by Hope May in philosophy at Central Michigan University. Each hour-long show has been archived and is available for people who missed the live broadcast to listen to. Here are the website addresses for the two archived shows:
Sunday, March 22, 2015(3 comments)
Ayaan Hirsi Ali says Islam is not exactly a religion of peace, as President Obama says it is (REVIEW ESSAY)
For understandable reasons, President Obama says that Islam is a religion of peace, because he doesn't want to upset the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world today by criticizing their religion. But progressives and liberals should not be taken in by his admittedly tactful characterization of Islam. Ayaan Hirsi Ali offers progressives and liberals a clear-sighted view of Islam in her new book HERETIC (2015).
Friday, March 20, 2015(1 comments)
The Pursuit of Happiness (REVIEW ESSAY)
In their pursuit of happiness, liberals and progressives can think of their journeys through life as like the character Dante's journey through the underworld. In his journey through Hell and Purgatory, he has Virgil as his guide. Figuratively speaking, Christine Hassler in her book EXPECTATION HANGOVER (2014) and Lissa Rankin in her book THE FEAR CURE (2015) can serve as guides through Hell and Purgatory, respectively.
Sunday, March 15, 2015(4 comments)
Getting Our Bearings from Jung
On car trips, kids often ask, "Are we there yet?" Years ago, C. G. Jung predicted that the Age of Aquarius would emerge next in Western culture. So liberals and progressives today may ask, "Are we there yet?" For example, in the U.S. in recent years, public opinion about same-sex marriage has shifted dramatically. Doesn't this show that the Age of Aquarius is emerging slowly but surely? Let's examine what else Jung says.
Thursday, March 5, 2015(1 comments)
Is Pope Francis Ready to Fight the Dragon -- the American Catholic Right?
It has been announced that Pope Francis plans to issue an official papal encyclical about climate change. But the unprecedented new encyclical has not yet been formally promulgated and issued. However, the American Catholic right has already started decrying his anticipated encyclical. But is Pope Francis ready to fight the dragon -- the American Catholic right? Let's size up Pope Francis.
Friday, February 13, 2015(4 comments)
On Gender, Pope Francis Is an Old-Fashioned Roman Catholic Reactionary
In the book THE THEOCONS: SECULAR AMERICA UNDER SIEGE (2006), Damon Linker has alerted progressives and liberals to watch out for certain conservative American Catholics. But Pope Francis's remarks about gender in a recently published interview should alert progressives and liberals to watch out for him and the other bishops. They are up to no good.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015(1 comments)
Can Deliberate Human Destructiveness Be Staved Off? (REVIEW ESSAY)
The news media often report examples of deliberate human destructiveness. But can such destructiveness be staved off? In the book RETURN OF THE GODDESS, Edward C. Whitmont, M.D., argues that it is possible to stave off human destructiveness. But it won't be easy to do, especially for men. For men to stave off their destructive potentialities, they will need to integrate the archetypal feminine in their psyches.
Saturday, February 7, 2015(4 comments)
Marcus Borg, Maurice Friedman, and the Historical Jesus
The Christian right is up to no good. But most progressives and liberals may not appreciate just what a serious challenge the biblical scholar Marcus J. Borg (1942-2015) posed to some of the most cherished myths of the Christian right through his work on the historical Jesus. In the present tribute to Borg, I propose to connect his thought with points that Maurice Friedman (1921-2012) makes, drawing on Buber's thought.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015(13 comments)
Why Doesn't Pope Francis Support Freedom of Speech?
In his remarks about the tragic massacre of certain journalists in Paris recently, Pope Francis did not support freedom of speech. Patrick Callahan, professor emeritus of political science at DePaul University, a Catholic university, has examined the official social teachings of the Roman Catholic Church approved by the bishops. They have not approved teaching that freedom of speech and association are civil rights. Why not?
Sunday, January 25, 2015(2 comments)
Progressives and Liberals Should Be Wary of Pope Francis (BOOK REVIEW)
Pope Francis is a charismatic sweet-talker. But American progressives and liberals should be wary of his charismatic talk. In his well-researched biography of Pope Francis, Austen Ivereigh shows that the charismatic pope's thought-world is deeply conservative. He represents the pre-modern thought-world of medieval European Christendom. Conservative American Catholics will be delighted when they read Ivereigh's book.
Sunday, January 18, 2015(1 comments)
Profiling Pope Francis as a Jesuit
In a piece featured at OpEdNews, Daily Kos celebrates Pope Francis's demotion of American Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke. As this example shows, Pope Francis may at times do, or say, something that progressives and liberals may want to cheer about. But Pope Francis is a conservative on already established church pronouncements. To help people better understand this first Jesuit pope, I profile him as a Jesuit.
Friday, January 16, 2015(1 comments)
Know the Enemy: Conservative American Catholic Reactionaries
Most progressives and liberals know that the Roman Catholic bishops in the United States and their lay American Catholic collaborators are conservative reactionaries on certain issues. In the book GOD, PHILOSOPHY, UNIVERSITIES: A SELECTIVE HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC PHILOSOPHY (2011), Alasdair MacIntyre, professor emeritus in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, unwittingly offers us a deeper glimpse at Catholic thought.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 Meeting Homer Again for the First Time (REVIEW ESSAY)
Adam Nicolson's new book WHY HOMER MATTERS (2014) is deeply informed and accessible. Nicolson characterizes the imagined Trojan War as a conflict between a heroic warrior culture dating back to the Bronze Age (the Greeks under Agamemnon) against the city-culture represented by the Trojans. But Nicolson brings this imagined conflict to new life by likening the loose Greek confederation of forces to street gangs today.
Friday, December 26, 2014(1 comments)
Contextualizing Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980)
Marshall McLuhan received more media attention in the 1960s and 1970s than any other literature professor achieved during the twentieth century. McLuhan's most imaginative book, UNDERSTANDING MEDIA: EXTENSIONS OF MAN, was first published in 1964. It helped catapult him to the extraordinary media attention he received. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its publication, I'd like to contextualize it -- and McLuhan.
Sunday, December 14, 2014(2 comments)
Jung's Successful Vision Quest (REVIEW ESSAY)
A successful vision quest enables a person to find a sense of meaning and direction in life. In the present review essay, I argue that C. G. Jung, M.D. (1875-1961), the Swiss psychiatrist and psychological theorist, in effect experienced a successful vision quest as a result of his self-experimentation in his mid-life crisis. But I do not recommend that others follow his example in his self-experimentation.
Friday, December 5, 2014(2 comments)
Fighting Rape Culture: A Proposal for Action
Lately Senators Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, and Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, have once again been calling attention to rape culture in the American military. Recently Sabrina Rubin Erdely published a graphic article about an alleged gang rape of a first-year student at the University of Virginia in 2012. The time has come for a concerted effort to fight rape culture.
Sunday, November 30, 2014 Will the Ferguson Protests Lead to a Republican Replay from the 1960s?
In the 1968 presidential election, Richard M. Nixon ran a law-and-order campaign and won. Riots in certain cities had followed the assassination in 1968 of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Anti-war protests against the Vietnam War had also become fairly common. So Nixon's campaign appealed to many voters. But will Republicans today now try to use the Ferguson protests to replay Nixon's 1968 campaign in the 2016 elections?
Wednesday, November 26, 2014(1 comments)
We Are Still Living with LBJ's Legacy (REVIEW ESSAY)
In his new book LBJ: FROM MASTERMIND TO "THE COLOSSUS" (2014), Philip F. Nelson caries forward his examination of Lyndon Baines Johnson that he initiated in his earlier book LBJ: THE MASTERMIND OF THE JFK ASSASSINATION (2011). The large cast of characters in both books, including relatively unknown persons, makes them hard to follow. Nevertheless, Nelson's claim that we Americans are still living with LBJ's legacy is correct.
Thursday, November 20, 2014(2 comments)
Know the Enemy: The Koch Brothers (BOOK REVIEW)
Military strategists have long been told to know the enemy. For understandable reasons, progressives and liberals should also know the enemy -- the Koch brothers. Charles Koch and David Koch are highly competitive and very combative in promoting their libertarian ideas -- and rich. Charles Koch is the mastermind. Daniel Schulman of MOTHER JONES magazine has profiled them in his enlightening book about the Koch family.
Monday, November 17, 2014 The Islamic State, the Caliphate, and Theocons
The Islamic State has recently beheaded Peter Kassig, an American aid worker and former Army Ranger. President Barack Obama has vowed to degrade the Islamic State -- evidently, through air strikes. But the Islamic State is making a powerful appeal to Muslim young men to join the cause by invoking the dream of the caliphate. I want to explore the caliphate and related ideas from European history.
Sunday, November 16, 2014(2 comments)
Edward O. Wilson Inveighs Against Organized Religion (BOOK REVIEW)
In his new book THE MEANING OF HUMAN EXISTENCE, Edward O. Wilson of Harvard University sets forth his view of evolution and the meaning of human existence. He is a secular humanist who holds a materialistic philosophical position. He repeatedly inveighs against organized religion. It is instructive to remember that after the American Revolutionary War, Tom Paine inveighed against organized religion. But it's still here today
Monday, November 10, 2014(2 comments)
Looking Forward to the 2016 Elections: An Ongian View
Not surprisingly, Republican candidates emerged victorious over their Democratic opponents in numerous electoral contests. The quantity of Republican victories has prompted many people to reflect on the 2014 mid-term elections. I would say that the 2014 elections show how effective the conservative noise machine can be in getting out the white vote. But I want to take the long view by drawing on Walter J. Ong's thought.
Sunday, November 9, 2014(1 comments)
An Ongian Alternative View of the A.D.H.D. Crisis
Richard A. Friedman's lengthy opinion piece in the NEW YORK TIMES about the A.D.H.D. crisis has sparked some controversy. As an alternative to Friedman's interpretation of the data, I propose to set forth an interpretation of the data based on the thought of the American cultural historian and theorist Walter J. Ong.
Saturday, November 8, 2014(1 comments)
James Carroll Just Can't Stop Being a Roman Catholic
In an opinion piece in the NEW YORK TIMES, James Carroll, an ex-priest in the Roman Catholic Church, explains why he can't bring himself to stop being a practicing Roman Catholic. Sure, he sees aspects of the church he doesn't like. But he has hope in Pope Francis. But I see Pope Francis as a hopeless misogynist. However, Carroll says something else that should be of great interest both to Christians and to non-Christians.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 Katha Pollitt Favors Abortion Rights for Women (BOOK REVIEW)
Unfortunately, anti-abortion zealots have made significant headway in curbing abortion rights for women. Columnist Katha Pollitt hopes to move more Americans to support about rights with her new book PRO in favor of abortion rights. Along the way of making her overall case for abortion rights, she skewers numerous well-known conservatives for various things they've said about women.
Monday, November 3, 2014(2 comments)
Risen's Low-Keyed Book About the War on Terror (BOOK REVIEW)
James Risen has written his new book about the war of terror, PAY ANY PRICE: GREED, POWER, AND ENDLESS WAR (2014), in a low-keyed narrative style. Two of the most important parts of his book center on the National Security Agency's draconian surveillance of Americans and on President Barack Obama's extensive use of drone warfare.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014(1 comments)
Pope Francis Urges Encounter and Dialogue (REVIEW ESSAY)
Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, urges encounter and dialogue. When dialogue is not unsuccessful, it can be frutiful and transformative. But what exactly makes dialogue fruitful and transformative? In the book TRANSFORMATION: EMERGENCE OF THE SELF, Jungian psychotherapist Murray Stein discusses the psychodynamics involved in transformation and transformative relationships.
Sunday, October 19, 2014 Steven B. Herrmann's Book SPIRITUAL DEMOCRACY (Review Essay)
In his new book SPIRITUAL DEMOCRACY (2014) Steven B. herrmann suggests that a new spirit of spiritual democracy is emerging in our contemporary world. Of course it is not hard to think of examples of movements in our contemporary world that run counter to an emerging new spirit of spiritual democracy. Nevertheless, he deserves to be heard, and his book deserves to be read by interested progressives and liberals. Series: Reviews (1 Articles, 913 views)
Sunday, October 12, 2014(2 comments)
Watch Out for Catholic Theocons (REVIEW ESSAY)
As every American of voting age knows, the law of the land does not require American Catholic women who are pregnant to have abortions in the first trimester. Whew! We should all be thankful for this. But anti-abortion Catholics would like to make legalized abortions in the first trimestert unavailable to all pregnant American women. So what's going on with the Catholic theocons? I'll explain Catholics in this book review.
Thursday, October 9, 2014(2 comments)
Melanie Klein Can Help Us Understand Hypomanic Americans
In a recent OEN piece, Rob Kall called attention to certain people who appear to have insatiable cravings for more, more, more. Evidently, the idea of "enough" is not part of their way of life. In a roundabout way, Melanie Klein's account of adult-onset bereavement and manic defenses can help us understand the psychodynamics of such insatiable people -- they tend to be hypomanic persons.
Saturday, October 4, 2014(7 comments)
Bishop Spong Claims That a Jewish Mystic Wrote the Gospel According to John (REVIEW ESSAY)
As a follow up to my previous OEN articles about the Jungian idea of the individuation process and personal transformation, I want to discuss how the Gospel According to John can be interpreted. Bishop John Shelby Spong's new book THE FOURTH GOSPEL: TALES OF A JEWISH MYSTIC provides a handy springboard for me to use to suggest how a certain symbolic interpretation can open up this gospel as a resource for non-Christians.
Sunday, September 28, 2014(1 comments)
Jung's Thought and the Age of Aquarius
C. G. Jung, M.D. (1875-1961), the Swiss psychiatrist and psychological theorist, contributed his two-cents worth of ideas to the discussion of the possible Age of Aquarius. This tidbit of information is interesting in and of itself. But how is the possible Age of Aquarius connected with Jung's thought about the individuation process? And where does bottom-up change come into the discussion?
Wednesday, September 24, 2014(1 comments)
Archetypes and the Fully Functioning Person
Robert L. Moore, the Jungian theorist at the Chicago Theological Seminary, claims that each human person comes equipped with four feminine archetypes of maturity and four masculine archetypes of maturity in her or his psyche. Therefore, the fully functioning person is one who draws on the optimal forms of all eight archetypes of maturity. But it is not easy to learn how to do this. So I will discuss how this process works.
Sunday, September 21, 2014(4 comments)
Redeeming the Waste Land: Jung's Two Ideas for Older Adults
After World War I (1914-1918), T.S. Eliot published his famous poem "The Waste Land" (1922). Then we had the Great Depression and World War II (1939-1945) and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and then the Cold War. To this day, Western culture is the blighted waste land. Can it be redeemed? Perhaps it can. But it will require massive bottom-up change, starting with American adults in the second half of their lives.
Friday, September 19, 2014 The Way for Men Today to Experience Profound Psycho-Spiritual Rebirth (REVIEW ESSAY)
I and other OEN writers often critique conservative white men in the U.S. today. But we men who consider ourselves to be progressives and liberals should also reflect on our own psycho-spiritual development. Men in the second half of their lives should work toward their own integration and individuation. Jungian analyst M. Esther Harding, M.D., elucidates the way men need to work on the feminine spirit in their psyches.
Sunday, September 14, 2014(1 comments)
Depression in Older Adults Today and Dante's DIVINE COMEDY
Not by using antidepressants alone will adults in the second half of their lives decisively combat depression. They also need to undertake an inner journey like the inner journey in Dante's DIVINE COMEDY. M. Esther Harding makes an extrardimary claim about the vision of the celestial rose in Dante's poem. Taking a hint from her, we can see why adults with depression need to work through levels of the collective unconscious.
Sunday, September 7, 2014(2 comments)
Cardinal Mueller and Pope Francis Are Hopeless Misogynists
Cardinal Gerhard Mueller and Pope Francis and the other Roman Catholic bishops are misogynists, as are many conservative white men in the United States today. Misogynists have not yet worked an optimal relationship with the feminine spirit in their psyches -- the anima archetype in their psyches. The thought of C. G. Jung, M.D., and M. Esther Harding, M.D., can help us understand the inner work involved in this process.
Thursday, August 28, 2014(2 comments)
Conservative White Men Today and the Revelation Jung Received
For more than 40 years, conservative white men have vociferously denounced the 1960s. Their denunciations show their resistance to adapting themselves beyond the conventional white male identities of the 1950s. What's their problem? The revelation that C. G. Jung received from the anima archetype in his psyche suggests that they need to work out a new relationship with the anima archetype in their psyches.
Friday, August 15, 2014(6 comments)
Jung's View of Bottom-Up Change
Rob Kall, the publisher of OEN, likes to work with the contrast of top-down versus bottom-up change. He favors bottom-up change in our American culture. In honor of his interest in bottom-up change in American culture, I thought I'd discuss C. G. Jung's view of bottom-up change in society.
Thursday, August 7, 2014(8 comments)
The Roman Catholic Bishops Need to Be Exorcised -- and Thereby Freed from Their "Shadow" Spirits
Can our American experiment in representative democracy long endure the religious zealotry of the Roman Catholic bishops? They represent pre-modern views that are at odds with modern America. Garry Wills, a practicing Catholic, has not been able to dispatch the hard-charging bishops. Arguably only an efficacious exorcist could exorcise them and thereby liberate them from their "shadow" spirits and their pre-modern views.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014(4 comments)
Ong + Jung = New Insights about Tradition in the Roman Catholic Church
The Roman Catholic bishops in the U.S. are notorious. They are anti-abortion zealots (they are even against legalized abortion in the first trimester), anti-gay-marriage zealots, and anti-contraception-mandate zealots (for Catholic institutions that they claim are part of their church). But their zealotry is based on their disordered Tradition of thought. So why don't they change their way of thinking?
Sunday, July 20, 2014(9 comments)
Are the Roman Catholic Bishops Immoral?
The the majority in the recent Hobby Lobby ruling involved the five male Roman Catholic Justices. The ruling once again calls attention to the disordered moral views of the Roman Catholic bishops about masturbation, artificial contraception and legalized abortion in the first trimester -- views that are the opposite of intelligent, reasonable and responsible -- so they are immoral, as are the bishops who advance these views.
Sunday, July 13, 2014(2 comments)
Are the Five Male Catholic Justices on the Supreme Court Theocons?
Wiriting the New York Times, Samuel G. Freedman, a Jewish journalism professor at Columbia University, calls attention to two Supreme Court 5-4 decisions involving supposed religious liberties: Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Greece v. Galloway. In both cases, the five Justices in the majority were the five male Catholic Justices on the Supreme Court. These two cases raise the disturbing possibility that they are theocons.
Sunday, July 6, 2014(7 comments)
For the Pursuit of Happiness, Try a Daily Dose of Non-Judgmental Awareness
Each Fourth of July, we Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence -- with its memorable words about "the pursuit of happiness." But we can be happy in a healthy way only after our Inner Child's archetypal wounding has been healed by archetypal healing. But how might we undertake such archetypal healing? Anthony de Mello suggests that we should try a daily dose of non-judgmental awareness about our day.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014(5 comments)
Roman Catholic Moral Reasoning in the Supreme Court Ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby
The Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that the religious rights of employers of closely-held corporations trump their employees' rights to contraception insurance coverage under the mandate of Obamacare. The five Justices who made up the majority are male Roman Catholics. Moreover, Justice Samuel Alito's opinion clearly shows that they used Roman Catholic moral reasoning in writing their legal opinion in this case.
Sunday, June 8, 2014(2 comments)
Predicting the Near Future in Western Culture
I do not have a crystal ball to gaze into to help me predict the near future of Western culture. However, despite this admitted handicap, I have gazed into Walter J. Ong's perceptive account of our Western cultural history. Based on his thought, I am now prepared to predict the near future of Western culture: the syncretistic spirit will probably continue to thrive in the near future in Western culture.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014(1 comments)
Marcus J. Borg calls on Christians to embrace social transformation (BOOK REVIEW)
Progressives and liberals are no doubt familiar with the Christian Right. But now the biblical scholar Marcus J. Borg has written an admirably accessible book calling on Christians to embrace the spirit of social transformation he finds in scripture -- and become progressives and liberals. Three cheers for Borg -- Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! But will his book galvanize American Christians? That's hard to say. But it's a good read.
Sunday, June 1, 2014(1 comments)
C. G. Jung Foresaw the Future (BOOK REVIEW)
In his lengthy commentary on Friedrich Nietzsche's puzzling book THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA, the Swiss psychiatrist C. G. Jung, M.D., foresaw the future: psychological and spiritual individuation for more and more persons. However, because his commentary runs to more than 1,600 pages in length, I will undertake here to explain succinctly what I consider to be the most important points that he makes.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014(21 comments)
Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Bishops STINK -- as Did Lazarus in the Tomb!
Like that terrible Polish pope, Pope Francis has become a media celebrity. Why, one graffiti artist even portrayed him as Superman, the superhero of the comic books. But Americans of a certain age can remember that Senator Barack Obama sounded like he was going to be Superman in 2008. But President Obama has turned out to be Clark Kent instead. Pope Francis is going to be another Clark Kent.
Monday, May 19, 2014(32 comments)
Pope Francis Is NOT a Zarathustra-Type Person
Rob Kall says we need to watch out for psychopaths in American culture today. No doubt we should. But to countervail against their influence, we Americans today need to have more Zarathustra-type persons emerge who are deeply motivated by love of their fellow human persons, as Martin Luther King, Jr., was. But even though Pope Francis may be motivated by love, he is not a Zarathustra-type person.
Saturday, May 10, 2014 The CDF vs. the LCWR is back in the news again
The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) is once again in the news for its criticism of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious(LCWR)in the Roman Catholic Church. One of the CDF's criticisms of the LCWR involves their discussion of conscious evolution. But Walter J. Ong, S.J. (1912-2003) wrote extensively about the evolution of consciousness without ever being censured by the Vatican for doing so.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014(2 comments)
The Time Has Come for American Men to Manifest the Overman in Their Lives
C. G. Jung has suggested that Friedrich Nietzsche's Superman should be understood as a super-Protestant. Both Jung and Nietzsche were sons of Protestant pastors. But over against Jung's suggestion, I suggest that the Overman should be understood as post-Christian. The time has come for American men today to manifest the Overman in their lives.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014(2 comments)
The Theocons Are Coming! The Theocons Are Coming!
Joseph Bottum, the past editor of a paleo-conservative Roman Catholic magazine of opinion, has published a new book to rally his fellow Catholic theocons in time for the 2014 mid-term elections. He refers to himself and his fellow theocons as the Swallows of Capistrano. He sees them pitted against the Poster Children of the Protestant Perplex. But like other conservatives, he is up to no good.
Thursday, April 10, 2014(1 comments)
Jay Sherry Sees Jung as an Avant-Garde Conservative (BOOK REVIEW)
As we weigh Martin Heidegger's anti-Semitism, we might find it informative to consider Jay Sherry's deeply researched account of C. G. Jung's anti-Semitism. Sherry ably situates this aspect of Jung's thought in the broader intellectual context of anti-Semitism in German intellectual history. In doing so, Sherry enables us to see Jung's break with Freud in a fresh light.
Monday, March 31, 2014(2 comments)
Heidegger on Modernity vs. Ong or McLuhan
As the result of the recent publication of new volumes of Martin Heidegger's philosophic notebooks in German, the question of his personal anti-Semitism during his Nazi years has been renewed. Did the Nazi ideology influence his philosophic thought? He is famous for his critique of modernity. But both Walter J. Ong and Marshall McLuhan offered alternative critiques of modernity that deserve to receive more attention today.
Saturday, March 29, 2014(1 comments)
Can Marshall McLuhan Be Rehabilitated? (BOOK REVIEW)
Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) was a celebrity in the 1960s. But he was also subjected to an enormous backlash by academics. Their backlash against him coincided with the widespread demonizing of the 1960s by conservative Republicans. Their demonizing of the 1960s has not been effectively countered by liberals and progressives to this day. Their demonizing of the 1960s should be countered, and McLuhan should be rehabilitated.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Emersonian Self-Reliance and Jesuit Spirituality
Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope. Even though he has not achieved much in his first year as pope, he has received a lot of media coverage for things he's said. He's a likable guy. But he has cultivated Jesuit spirituality during his adult life. Lawrence Buell's book EMERSON has prompted me to reflect on Emersonian Self-Reliance and Jesuit spirituality. Cultivating Jesuit spirituality resembles cultivating Self-Reliance.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 At last, a man in the philosophy department at the University of Colorado-Boulder speaks out
At last, a man in the philosophy department at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Michael Tooley, speaks out about the administration's bullying by posting relevant documents. On Jan. 31, 2014, the administration made public (online) a sensationalistic report about the philosophy department written by three women from the American Philosophical Association. The report then received widespread media attention.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Mighty administrators at the University of Colorado-Boulder are bullying the philosophy department
Troubling new questions have emerged about the outside assessment of the philosophy department at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Three women from the American Philosophical Association visited the campus to assess the climate for women in the department. In their report, unexpectedly made public by the administration, the women revealed that "at least 15 complaints" had been filed against men in the department.