Category Archives: Philosophy

Mishu’s two fights

10:00 pm. Mishu, our cat, goes outside. In 5 minutes, he comes back to the door, a dead mouse in his mouth. “Don’t scold him,” my wife tells me. “He’s done his job.” He just murdered a mouse because he … Continue reading

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The old man in the choir

  A beautiful catholic cathedral and the Bradley Community Chorus. Dixit Dominus Domino meo, sede a dextris meis. I turn right to my wife and whisper to her: “Do you see the old man?” He is in the first row … Continue reading

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John Locke’s secondary qualities and the synergy between God and humans

  There’s something profoundly spiritual in John Locke’s idea that secondary qualities do not belong to things themselves, but they are created in us during our interactions with the world. There is no color, no taste, no smell, no sound … Continue reading

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Student tears

  I think I see tears in her eyes. She’s probably in her late thirties, and she participates in the Convocation for freshmen at her college. I don’t think I have seen her before. She may be in one of … Continue reading

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Healing Responsibility

  “I do not understand why people talk about the past: who hurt you, why they hurt you, what kind of guilt they may have, or how you feel about it. All this does not matter; what matter is what … Continue reading

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Smiles in an absurd world

In Pray for Brother Alexander, which recently came out in English (see here from Punctum Books), philosopher Constantin Noica recounts one of the irrational moments that took place while he was imprisoned. He was around 50 years old, sharing the … Continue reading

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Noica’s Pray for Brother Alexander

    This is just a short note to let everyone know that Constantin Noica’s Pray for Brother Alexander came out today. To my mind, it is a wonderful book in which you discover a kind spirit. On the publisher’s … Continue reading

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Knowledge of a culture through dancing

I recently participated in a Round Table on Cultural Discourse(s), Romania, and Eastern Europe Paradigm. The event was organized by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at the University of Chicago. This is part of my contribution. A couple of years … Continue reading

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Beyond morality

Christianity is often misconstrued as a religion about the good and the bad, about the righteous and the unrighteous. Do this, and you will be saved. Do that, and you will be damned. Described in these terms, it remains a … Continue reading

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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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