Did you notice that Tolkien's Hobbit is also about class conflict?

Tolkien’s Smaug of Money: Class Conflict in a Children’s Classic

My resistance to the Inklings is strong, but breaking down. Two causes stand behind my aversion.First, all my dorky church friends in high school--Evangelicals, Mormons, and even some Catholics--spent a lot of their free time talking the greatness of C.S. Lewis. I was alienated from church and … [Read More...]


Phenomenology, the Anxieties of Life, and the Mystery of Hope

It's finally time to write a post here at Patheos. I've kept busy the past week figuring out how to transition into the new blog and life after finishing up my PhD.  I've been accompanied through this time of transition and anxiety by two books.First, there's Michael Gubser's book on … [Read More...]


Really, Big, Big, Big News: Walesa and Patheos!

 Alright folks, it certainly does seem like this will be  one of the last times I publish on this site. CosmosTheInLost is slowly migrating to Patheos.For the record: I've written a post about the tangled legacy of Solidarity for Ethika Politika and the role Walesa played in it. If … [Read More...]


How Husserl Changed Catholic Attitudes Toward Judaism

One of the guiding threads of Gubser's book on the Central European origins of phenomneology (The Far Reaches) is that the philosophical movement was always an ethical movement as well. This preoccupation predisposed its adherents to religious belief, especially Catholicism. In turn the conversions … [Read More...]


The Polish Heart of Phenomenology in English Translation

 I think I first encountered the notion of Krakow as the capital of phenomenology in Kenneth Schmitz's At the Center of the Human Drama: The Philosophy of Karol Wojtyla/Pope John Paul II. I didn't know what this meant until I spent three years in Krakow.While in Krakow I took a seminar … [Read More...]


The Central European and Social Heart of Phenomenology

Contemporary philosophical movements are not known for connecting on a practical level with Catholics. Catholics tend to run like hell from them. It's as if they've been trained to think, "Just look at what contemporary philosophy has done to the Mainline!" I've previously discussed here how t … [Read More...]


Joseph Ratzinger, Socialist

The title of this post, identifying Joseph Ratzinger with Socialism is exaggerated on purpose, or is it?I had a lot of fun with the responses to yesterday's post about the unquestioned libertarianism of Elizabeth Warren. One thing is certain: many of the responses were mimetically sealed into … [Read More...]


Elizabeth Warren, Libertarian

When you clicked on the link that brought you here, you probably weren't expecting a meditation on scapegoating and the preemptive use of "good" violence. You won't. For now.Elizabeth Warren is generally perceived as a fresh new voice in American politics much like Obama was six years ago. She … [Read More...]


So What’s Your Mass Bias?

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,which a person finds and hides again,and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchantsearching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price,he goes and sells all tha … [Read More...]


Conversation with Patrick Deneen About Catholic NeoCons

I've gone done an interview with Patrick Deneen of the political science department at Notre Dame and author of Democratic Faith.Here's a preview of our conversation about Catholic NeoCons:"But I would rejoin that Catholics don’t properly think and act as Catholics if we treat these spheres a … [Read More...]