Logos and Cosmos
In this post I explore the interesting interplay between the concepts of Logos and Cosmos. A Cosmos is an ordered arrangement of elements, which requires a source or cause for this order. Hence, Logos can be understood as the principle of organization for any Cosmos.
Different Meanings of Substance
We should hold carefully apart two meanings of the philosophical term substance. (i) the essence or whatness of a thing and (ii) the real distinct subsistence of a thing.
Jordan Peterson and Platonic Realism
Jordan Peterson's use of Jungian archetypes brings him close to the kind of metaphysical realism we see in Christian Platonism---close, but not quite there.
Religious Experience and Brain Activity
Even if we could establish a tight connection between religious experience and activity in a certain region of the brain, this would not prove religious experience to be illusory.
Guilt by Association
We should not judge philosophical ideas or practices based on a surface similarity to unchristian systems of thought. Rather we should look out for substantive corruptions to the truth.
Traditionalism is best understood as an orientation toward the timeless truth rather than an attachment to old ideas simply because they are old.
We must distinguish the "Christian perosonalist" movement from what some philosophers call "theistic personalism" in contrast to "classical theism."
What are the Forms?
Following the last post on the meaning of Platonism, I here flesh out the idea of transcendent Forms as intelligible structures that keep showing up again and again in the world of our experience.
What I Mean by Platonism
Platonism has come to mean different things to different scholars. When I call myself a Platonist, I mean that I believe in the Forms, that I believe in real, eternal, immaterial, intelligible structures beyond the world of sense.
Conservatism and Ideology
Ideologies are overly simplistic views of the world, which support themselves through slogans. While slogans may be practically indispensable in a democracy, conservatism is something more.
The Christian notion of self-knowledge is a long way off from New Age self-realization and not quite the same as the pagan Greek original either.
Eros Comes from Beauty Beheld
I often encounter Christians who feel guilty because they seem to lack a certain fire or zeal in their pursuit of what they know to be true. I argue they can remedy this by recognizing a link between the psychology of eros and the time they spend imaginatively beholding the beauty of God.
Apparently Anselm is Convincing
Teaching Anselm recently, I discovered that many of my students found the ontological argument very convincing. I think this has to do with the way older authors are presented.
No Such Thing As Subjective Truth
Just some casual reflections that I had after a friendly discussion resulted in my arguing that "subjective truth" was an oxymoron.
The Logos and Jordan Peterson
Reflection on the difference between my own understanding of the logos and Jordan Petersons.