The Marx Delusion

Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right (Yale, 2018). Eagleton's witty Why Marx Was Right might be more accurately called something like Marxism Is Not What Most People (viz. Those Who Have Strong Opinions on Marx but Have Probably Never Read Him) Think It Is—or, What If the Common Objections to Marxism Don't Have Anything to Do with Marx's Actual Thought, which in Fact Constitutes a Plausible … Continue reading The Marx Delusion

Aquinas and the Role of the Metaphysician

Part of modern philosophy's distrust of metaphysics arises from a not undue association of the term with the Rationalist and Idealist philosophers of previous centuries; for thinkers from Spinoza to Hegel the task of metaphysics involves the deduction of an all-encompassing system of reality based on self-evident, a priori propositions, an activity which easily slips into speculation. For … Continue reading Aquinas and the Role of the Metaphysician

2016: Year in Reading

I am not relevant enough to give recommendations for books published in 2016; for that, you can check out editor John Wilson’s excellent list here. I can, however, humbly offer a handful of exceptional books that I read this year. I’m pleased that it is a diverse list—new(ish) books and books I reread; classics, novels, intellectual … Continue reading 2016: Year in Reading