The Confinium

idio(syncra)tic ramblings in the humanities
Created 17 Nov 2019
  • Book and Links, 3/14/2021
    14 Mar 2021 • 3 min read
    Books Martha Nussbaum’s The Monarchy of Fear (2018). The election of Donald Trump made Professor Nussbaum aware of “a nebulous and multiform fear suffusing US society” (x). She is a famous philosopher...
  • Books and Articles, 3/9/2021
    09 Mar 2021 • 7 min read
    Books Milton’s Paradise Lost. In Books 11 and 12, the invisible “omnipresence” of God is revealed to fallen Adam as he is “to foresight wak’st” by Michael; but this everywhere of God can be discovered...
  • Links 3/7/21
    07 Mar 2021 • 4 min read
    Nathaniel Peters and Hahn/McGinley attempt to reignite what Patrick Deneen has called the “only Catholic showdown worth watching,” but it’s not quite as interesting as it ought to be. Michael Hanby’s ...
  • Links and Books (2/28/21)
    28 Feb 2021 • 3 min read
    Ed West makes a useful distinction between cultural and social conservatives. The former are many and undisciplined, the latter few and WEIRD. They need each other in order to achieve political succes...
  • Links and Books (2/21/2021)
    21 Feb 2021 • 4 min read
    Links Titus Techera hosts a conversation about 90s slackers. I was a kind of Catholic school slacker throughout the 90s—I didn’t do homework after 4th grade—but I never had Ferris Bueller-type popular...
  • Abigail Shrier's Irreversible Harm
    18 Feb 2021 • 3 min read
    Abigail Shrier, The Truth Fairy: For our democracy to function, for a diverse public to be able to communicate and work together, we must speak in objective terms to which we all have access. We must ...
  • Links, Monday, 2/15/2021
    15 Feb 2021 • 4 min read
    General Links President Biden: “Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity ...
  • Links, Sunday, 2/6/2021
    07 Feb 2021 • 2 min read
    The most interesting article of the past week was Molly Ball’s revelation that the “well-funded cabal of powerful people” who conspired to “fortify” the election in Biden’s favor “want the secret hist...
  • Neil Postman's The End of Education (1995)
    02 Feb 2021 • 3 min read
    Postman argues that the most important problem with education is that students, teachers, and parents have no metaphysical sense of the god(s) they are serving, and are therefore unable to situate the...
  • Links, Sunday, 1/31/2021
    31 Jan 2021 • 5 min read
    Walter Kirn @walterkirn And if “science” decides the greater good has no particular use for you, what then? January 31st 202124 Retweets116 Likes GameStop R. R. Reno: “L’Affaire GameStop marks a polit...
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