Category Archives: Philosophy

Departures

It so happens that some of my friends are moving away these days. There’s sadness around us, but also moments of powerful feelings. The last liturgy in which we participate together; the last meal we share together; the last time … Continue reading

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Small gestures that save the world

I read once that people have done experiments with flowers. They researched how flowers respond to love. Apparently, when the plants “hear” nice words and probably good vibrations, they develop more fully and more beautifully than when they are not given attention. But one … Continue reading

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Invisible help and protection

At a high school concert. In the row in front of us, a chair was broken. I have bad reputation when it comes to repairing things, but for some reason I could repair the chair. It wasn’t any philosophy, really, since it only took … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Levinas and Orthodoxy

Originally posted on Tavi's Corner:
In the essay on “Judaism and Christianity” from In the Time of the Nations, Levinas recalls a story mentioned by Hannah Arendt. When she was a child, she said one day to the rabbi,…

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The Temptation of moralism

I have often harmed people in my desire to do good. Here is a perhaps familiar  scenario: a friend goes through various problems and confesses them to me. I feel as if I am one with my friend (didn’t Aristotle say that … Continue reading

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A humble man and a stumbling block

I once knew a man who went through some radical change. He used to be oblivious, concerned with himself, but then he became peaceful and, with that, you could sense a powerful presence when you were next to him. It … Continue reading

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Thoughts in the air

  Photo: Andrei. I have flown many times. However, whenever I board a plane, I still have the thought that this flight may be the last. This happens today as well, but, just in all similar occasions, I am somehow okay with … Continue reading

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The good opinion of the many

Imagine that a professor says to his students something like this: “It really does not mean anything to me if you think that I am a good teacher. It does not mean anything if you think that I am a … Continue reading

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Pastoral care and theology

  An icon of the Prodigal Son Plato’s Socrates is famous to have said that it is impossible to do something bad when you know the good: the problem of akrasia, or of weakness of will, as it is known … Continue reading

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Plato and Fr. Schmemann: Vanquishing Death

    In one of the most living books I have read, Fr. Alexander Schmemann’s For the Life of the World, one can find a powerful critique to a today largely accepted religious perspective, in which people wait for a … Continue reading

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