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Shop Class as Soulcraft:
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Matthew Crawford

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A Life Well-Lived.

A Feature Review of

In This World of Wonders:
A Memoir in a Life of Learning
Nicholas Wolterstorff

Hardback: Eerdmans, 2019.
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Reviewed by Aaron Morrison
 

All humans philosophize, but few make philosophy their career, and fewer still do so since Nicholas Wolterstorff first became a professor. Even so, the practice of philosophy–as with the rest of the humanities—remains ever relevant for our own search for what makes a life well-lived. In This World of Wonders: A Memoir in a Life of Learning functions as a moving testament to what a lifetime spent around the subject of philosophy can look like from the perspective of one of Christian Philosophy’s significant figures over the past generation. Even if readers are unfamiliar with Wolterstorff’s corpus, they can glean wisdom for finding beauty, acting justly, and meditating on grief.

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February 8 marks the 20th anniversary of Irish novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch. 

In remembrance, we offer this introductory reading guide to her work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

1)   [easyazon_link identifier=”014118616X” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Sea, The Sea: A Novel[/easyazon_link]

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This Saturday (Oct 20) is the birthday of philosopher and educator, John Dewey.

In honor of the occasion, we offer this excerpt from his helpful book:

How We Think
John Dewey

D.C. Heath, 1910.
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WHAT IS THOUGHT?

§ 1. Varied Senses of the Term

 
Four senses of thought, from the wider to the limited

No words are oftener on our lips than thinking and thought. So profuse and varied, indeed, is our use of these words that it is not easy to define just what we mean by them. The aim of this chapter is to find a single consistent meaning. Assistance may be had by considering some typical ways in which the terms are employed. In the first place thought is used broadly, not to say loosely. Everything that comes to mind, that “goes through our heads,” is called a thought. To think of a thing is just to be conscious of it in any way whatsoever. Second, the term is restricted by excluding whatever is directly presented; we think (or think of) only such things as we do not directly see, hear, smell, or taste. Then, third, the meaning is further limited to beliefs that rest upon some kind of evidence or testimony. Of this third type, two kinds—or, rather, two degrees—must be discriminated. In some cases, a belief is accepted with slight or almost no attempt to state the grounds that support it. In other cases, the ground or basis for a belief is deliberately sought and its adequacy to support the belief examined. This process is called reflective thought; it alone is truly educative in value, and it forms, accordingly, the principal subject of this volume. We shall now briefly describe each of the four senses.
 
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The Character Gap: How Good are We?
Christian B. Miller

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2018.
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Reviewed by Mary VanderGoot

 

When you pick up The Character Gap and see a picture of Mahatma Gandhi and Adolf Hitler on the dust jacket, you might expect the author is going to sort the good guys from the bad guys. Once you start reading, however, you realize that far from helping you point the finger at anyone else or create another hero, the author, Christian Miller, is inviting you to look inward.

This is a book written by the Director of the Character Project, which is being funded by the Templeton Foundation, and involves researchers around the world who are addressing basic questions about how people make moral choices. Gathering a wide range of findings together into an elaborate view of human behavior, the team of the Character Project is addressing one of the big questions: how good (or not) are we?

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Ethics in the Conflicts of Modernity:
An Essay on Desire, Practical Reasoning, and Narrative
Alasdair MacIntyre

Hardback: Cambridge UP, 2016
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Our Intro Guide to
MacIntyre’s AFTER VIRTUE

 
I turned to MacIntyre to help me understand the desires we have has humans and where they come from. Those familiar with MacIntyre’s work will not be surprised to find that his exploration of these questions winds its way back in history through St. Thomas Aquinas to Aristotle. It has been very helpful for me to follow this trajectory, and I thought it might also be helpful for some of our readers. 

[ MacIntyre ]  [ Aquinas ]  [ Aristotle ]

 
 
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The Disappearance
of Moral Knowledge

Dallas Willard
(Edited and Completed by Steven Porter, Aaron Preston, and Gregg Ten Elshof)

Hardback: Routledge, June 2018
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This is a very expensive academic book (if you’re interested in it and cannot afford a copy, maybe your local public or university library can purchase a copy).

The publisher has graciously released a 99-page excerpt from the book to give readers a substantial taste for the book’s contents.
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How (Not) to Be Secular:
Reading Charles Taylor
James K.A. Smith

Audiobook: Eerdmans
 

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January 28 is the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas, perhaps the most important theologian in the history of the church.

Aquinas was an astute student of the first millennium of Christian theology, and his works have been read over the intervening centuries as a solid representation of the Christian theological tradition. Over the last century, the theological witness of Aquinas has dimmed a bit (as has the project of systematic theology that he initiated), but agree with him or not, his influence on Christian theology, but also Western philosophy and culture cannot be ignored.

 

We offer this guide as a helpful way to begin reading the works of Aquinas…

 
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November 15 marked the birthday of Alvin Plantinga, the noted philosopher, who was awarded the distinguished Templeton Prize this fall.

 
In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of brief video clips that introduce his legacy…

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Introduction (Templeton Prize):

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