Then Again

Lee Trepanier
Reflections on Politics, Culture, Philosophy & Other Matters Free of Ideology and Cant
Created 30 Dec 2020
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  • Teaching in an Age of Ideology: Gerhart Niemeyer
    02 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 3 4
    In my previous essays about teaching in an age of ideology, I had looked at two teachers – Eric Voegelin and Ellis Sandoz – who sought to clear the ideological rubble in the modern academia so student...
  • Teaching in an Age of Ideology: Ellis Sandoz
    25 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    In my previous essay about Eric Voegelin, I wrote how Voegelin became a model of thinking devoid of ideological rant in the student’s quest for the true, the beautiful, and the good. One of those stud...
  • Teaching in an Age of Ideology: Eric Voegelin
    18 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 2 3
    In my last essay about teaching in an age of ideology, I proposed that one needs to illuminate to students about how to live according to the true, the beautiful, and the good. Now what exactly consti...
  • Teaching in an Age of Ideology
    11 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 3 1
    What does it mean to teach in an age of ideology? At first glance, especially for conservatives, the answer appears to be obvious: to advocate for conservative ideas and principles against the prevail...
  • Teaching Political Philosophy: Thinking in Action
    04 Sep 2021 • 16 min read • 3 0
    Michael Henry, in his contribution to this volume, reports on the experience of James Rhodes, whose life changed when, as an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, he walked into the classroom...
  • Why Plato Wrote
    28 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 3 1
    Why Plato Wrote. Danielle S. Allen. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. As part of the Blackwell Bristol Lectures Series on Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition, Danielle S. Allen has produced an extraordinar...
  • The Musical Structure of Plato’s Dialogues
    21 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 3 2
    The Musical Structure of Plato’s Dialogues. J.B. Kennedy. Acumen Press, 2011. J.B. Kennedy’s The Musical Structure of Plato’s Dialogues seeks to establish that Plato divided some, if not all, of his d...
  • Knowledge, Sophistry, & Scientific Politics: Plato’s Dialogues. Theaetetus, Sophist, and Statesman
    14 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 3 5
    Knowledge, Sophistry, & Scientific Politics: Plato’s Dialogues. Theaetetus, Sophist, and Statesman. James M. Rhodes. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2020. Rhodes wants to see whether Plato’s St...
  • Critical Race Theory & Constitutional Patriotism
    13 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Please see my essay on Real Clear Policy, "Critical Race Theory & Constitutional Patriotism" where I adopt Voegelin to understand our situation today.
  • Eros, Wisdom, and Silence: Plato’s Erotic Dialogues
    07 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    Eros, Wisdom, and Silence: Plato’s Erotic Dialogues. James M. Rhodes. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2003. Although his name and his disciples have dominated American political theory for...
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