Kamienska is a Polish poet who wrote about faith in the most confounding situations.

The Astonishment of Discovering James Foley and Edith Stein Too Late

Most of us developed a new fascination with James Foley yesterday after discovering the depth of his Catholic faith. The martyrs are a peculiar bunch because we usually discover them after it is too late to meet them in this world.A certain ambivalence is connected with this. There is joy in discovering an intercessor and witness under great duress, but there is also sadness at their always untimely departures.This ambivalence is eloquently expressed in Anna Kamienska's poem "Doctor … [Read More...]

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 their witness frankly didn't help. Their enthusiasm skipped off of me because at that point I was enjoying the comforts of atheism.Second, I was also in the process of discovering truly great … [Read More...]

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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 phenomenology: The Far Reaches. Gubser argues that phenomenology is not an abstract academy pursuit, not some isolated idealism, but rather a philosophy that always engages with the world. According to him, p … [Read More...]

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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 you've been following my recent posts on phenomenology then you'll sense how I am attempting to slowly build a concrete bridge between the historical social movement and the philosophical school.For … [Read More...]

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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 of his students had some surprising ramifications for Catholic relations with Judaism.Husserl inherited the earnest late 19th century concern for the need to overcome nihilism with a moral, … [Read More...]

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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 on Max Scheler's Ordo Amoris with Swierzawski and translated essays for the Tischner's journal of philosophy Thinking in Values. Phenomenology is alive and well there.I also keenly remember read … [Read More...]

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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 things are different with phenomenology. This originally Eastern European (German, Polish, Czech, Austrian) revolution in thinking had a large Catholic following from the start. What's more, it proved to b … [Read More...]

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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 the Democrat and Republican duopoly. Some respondents were so bound to their rivalries that they thought my piece was a call to vote Republican!Is there a greater sign of the Right to Life … [Read More...]

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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 comes across as someone who is finally willing to stand up to the Wall Street bullies.Some of that might have been sullied by the Heritage Foundation's recent troll (apologies for the Jonah Go … [Read More...]


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