Common Sense & the ‘Essential’ Crisis of Thinking in the West

Common Sense & the ‘Essential’ Crisis of Thinking in the West

On the need of common sense, as a counter to ideology and the groundless thinking of our time. Reflections inspired by Samuel Johnson, C.S. Lewis, and G.K. Chesterton.

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Two men crossing a stream by night. The first is barefoot, wearing cloak and walking stick and crosses safely, while the second one, who is elegantly dressed and gazes dreamily in the sky, is about to step in the water with shoes and stockings; representing Common sense and Genius. Etching by C. Heath after T. Stothard. by Thomas Stothard – 1820 – Wellcome Collection, United Kingdom – CC BY.

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Living in Truth: Conversion to Reality, Not an Escape

Living in Truth: Conversion to Reality, Not an Escape

For modern man, the all-too-often shunned option of living in truth, in the sense of engaging reality, rather than fleeing from it into his own ideas, offers a choice that amounts to a desperately needed conversion in a profound philosophical sense. By conversion here one speaks of the act of restoring the connection between thinking and reality.

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Bekering van Paulus – Rijksmuseum, Netherlands – Public Domain.
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The (Rumored) ‘Death of God’ & Modernity’s Descent into the Marshes

The (Rumored) ‘Death of God’ & Modernity’s Descent into the Marshes

A meditation on the modern rejection of transcendence. Consideration of Nietzschean nihilism, and the rash judgment of the present generation. Belloc, not Nietzsche, was correct about the trajectory of modern thinking and civilization. On the need for a return to a philosophy grounded in being and objective truth.

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Embleem: moeras – Rijksmuseum, Netherlands – Public Domain.

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The Tyranny of Unreality and its ‘Free Options’: Intellectual Triage, Part 2

The Tyranny of Unreality and its ‘Free Options’: Intellectual Triage, Part 2

The rejection of objective truth leads to tyranny. The modern reduction of ontology has left Western thought dangerously adrift.

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Gruppenbild “Robespierre unter den Jacobinern” – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek – Austrian National Library, Austria – Public Domain.
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On the Loss of Certain Sane Affections: Intellectual Triage, Part 1

On the Loss of Certain Sane Affections: Intellectual Triage, Part 1

Consideration of reason in relation to common sense, sanity, and the intellect, with the aim of addressing intellectual maladies of the present generation.

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Aristotle refusing the hemlock (?). Oil painting by a painter in the circle of Johann Carl Loth. by Johann Carl Loth – Wellcome Collection, United Kingdom – CC BY.

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