All Mediocre Things Must Come to an End: My Last Blog Post

The digital problem of problems multiplies itself in multiples of seventy-seven daily diminishing returns. Every tweet, like, share, and short-term superlative comment feed a smoky back room appetite for page views, digested by algorithmic marketing muscle acids, and gasoline controversy fumes erupt into a few dollars --- a small price for hurt feelings and cheap thrill therapy.In my case, most of this is self-inflicted. I started blogging in the summer of 2005 and have been through a half do … [Read more...]

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

The blog is presently stowed away for technical reasons.In the meantime, I wish you all a very merry Christmas holiday season.SR … [Read more...]

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An Incestuous Catholicism

There are three options: (1) participate, (2) participate critically, (3) refuse. This post aspires to be a refusal, but will inevitably become a critical participation.There is an analogy to be made between the large scale cycle of popular news and the tiny scale Catholic blogosphere and various websites and social media. The relationship between the two is twofold: in one case directly, in the other indirect. For one, the news cycle drives a large portion of Catholic commentary, especially … [Read more...]

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I’d Rather Be Whole

Since the release of my album, just over a month ago, I've faced a number of related questions about the identity of this music I've made and, more intimately, my own identity as its maker. Many have wondered how my work as a musician can be reconciled to my work as an academic and a father. Others have wondered about the religious identity of my work, across its various mediums, and have been generous in allowing me to offer a series of difficult answers.In some cases, such as this review by … [Read more...]

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Guest post from JD Flynn

This is a guest post from my dear friend JD Flynn.  It is the conclusion of our dialogue about the honorary doctorate conferred by our alma mater, Franciscan University of Steubenville, upon Michael Hayden, former head of the CIA.  You can read my initial post here, JD's first post here, and my response here.  I promised JD that if he wrote his response here, I'd point out that he's smarter and better looking than me.  He is.Sam Rocha is a pretty good guy.  Not all the time, but often enough.  … [Read more...]

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On the Need for Ideological Relativism

One of the more vexing problems with public discourse today is that the keywords being used do not carry the same meanings or usages form one person to the next. The madness that ensues is in many ways to be expected when everyone not only uses terms differently, but also implies and suspects that those they disagree operate on bad faith, ignorance, or both.When words become barriers and dams, they are counterproductive. At the same time, when words are used willy-nilly, they don't help much … [Read more...]

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A Plea to Love my Alma Mater, Franciscan University of Steubenville

On May 12, 2012, Fr. Terence Henry, TOR, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS), conferred an honorary degree to General Michael Hayden with these words: General Hayden has devoted his life to keeping America safe, strong and free. In that work he has drawn time and again on his Catholic faith working to integrate a Catholic understanding of liberty, justice, and human dignity into the day to day operations of America’s military and intelligence operations. Because he has spend … [Read more...]

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Philosophers of Education in Solidarity with Ayotzinapa

Today the Committee on Race and Ethnicity of the Philosophy of Education Society released the following bilingual joint statement with the Latin American Philosophy of Education Society on the 43 missing student-teachers from a rural normal school (the equivalent of a teachers college) in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico:PDF VERSION: CORE LAPES AYOTZINAPA STATEMENT For more information on the ongoing situation, VICE News has a very informative video: … [Read more...]

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Franciscan University of Steubenville Must Repent

On May 17, 2012, I wrote the following post regarding Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS) bestowing an honorary degree to General Michael Hayden. My alma mater, Franciscan University of Steubenville, has been in the news lately. They’ve been skewered and adulated by the two, predictable sides of every news story for discontinuing their student healthcare coverage. Their main published reason for doing so is out of concern for participating “in a plan that requires us to violate the cons … [Read more...]

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Book Release: A Primer for Philosophy and Education

After countless drafts and a strong run as a self-published book, I am very happy to announce that A Primer for Philosophy & Education has found a good home with Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf and Stock.  The new edition is priced at a proletarian rate and is slightly expanded with edited artwork, a new preface, exercises and questions at the end of each section, and a list of suggestions for further reading. You can order a copy here.Thanks to so many people who have helped this pr … [Read more...]

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