Monday, June 02, 2008

Links for Thinking

* The always interesting Crispin Sartwell recently issued a challenge:

He has additional You Tube videos on the subject, against some standard approaches for legitimating state power: social contract theory, utilitarianism, decision theory, Rawlsianism.

* Dr. Kiki Sanford discusses the science behind cooking in the ON Networks program, Food Science. Kiki, a.k.a. Kirsten, Sanford is a neurophysiologist who has moved into science journalism. She also hosts the This Week in Science radio program.

* There has been some discussion of my favorite area of philosophy of science, the philosophy of chemistry, at The Philosopher's Playground and Adventures in Ethics and Science.

* The 70th Philosopher's Carnival is up at "Big Ideas". Especially recommended:
The History and Methodology of Ontology in Analytic Philosophy (Objects and Arrows)
socially constructed vs natural disadvantages (Philosophy Journal)
Towards a More Ancience Conception of Proportion (Movement of Existence)
Allowing Experimental Philosophy (

Some older links that I've had for a while but haven't posted.

* An essay on Saint Gianna Beretta Molla at "Insight Scoop"

* At the Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Rev. Michael Orsi warns bloggers about the sin of calumny. I think the side swipe at anonymous bloggers is misguided; there is no reason to think anonymous bloggers are more calumnious than non-anonymous ones. But the basic warning, against calumny in the blogosphere, is a sound one.

* Related to that, Father Stephen at "Glory to God for All Things" discusses some words of St. Seraphim of Sarov.

Recent interesting finds at Google Book

George Augustine Thomas O'Brien, An Essay on Mediaeval Economic Teaching

Berardus Bonjoannes, Compendium of the Summa Theologica of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Prima Pars (An English translation of a 16th century work; it's a very readable account of Thomistic doctrine in the Prima Pars.)

Friedrich von Schlegel, The Philosophy of History, in a Course of Lectures Delivered at Vienna

The Aesthetic and Miscellaneous Works of Friedrich von Schlegel

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