Saturday, June 13, 2020

The Humanities in the Service of Liberalism

Public Discourse: Liberal Learning beyond Liberalism: The Humanities as Soulcraft in the Renaissance and Today by James Hankins

A reminder of the original liberal inspiration behind the "Great Books." If "Great Books" are such because they transmit and explain a particular moral tradition, then separating them from those traditions in order to support a different tradition (liberalism) is to ignore or distort the meaning of those texts. Moreover, one passes on the tradition not merely because it is tradition but because one believes that conveys truths, not because of some liberal pseudo-virtue of "thoughtfulness."


"Thoughtfulness built on the natural desire to know, but cultivated a kind of skepticism that was not purely negative, not driven merely by the desire to tear down received beliefs. It sought to reconstruct our true beliefs on a sounder basis to fulfill the promise of the desire to know by finding truth."

This sort of moral epistemology is proper to liberalism and rationalism but it is not so for the great classical Greek and Latin moral works, or of the great Christian texts...."

Hankins' attempt to appropriate a justification for a "humanities" education in Renaissance humanism may not conflict with his liberal commitments, but Renaissance humanism, as he characterizes it in his essay, was erroneous in its claims about moral education.

I don't know if Renaissance Humanism was influenced by Platonism in this regard, but the belief that study (of the humanities) alone could produce virtue was wrong. While there may have been serious flaws with later with medieval scholastic education, the main reasons why people remained sinful despite having received a university education lay not with the universities so much as with the Christian paideia (or lack thereof) they had received up to that point.

While some form of higher education may be needed for a few in the future, recovering and preserving an appropriate paideia is even more impotant.

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No Solutions

AmConMag: Why Statecraft Is Still Soulcraft by Andy Smarick
Without personal character development, good self-government becomes impossible.

State leaders should consider how best to formally integrate character education—especially moral and civic character—into policy issues. Civics is a natural place to begin. A 2016 study found that while most states have some kind of assessment for civics, only 15 make demonstrated proficiency on such tests a condition of high school graduation, and only 17 include civics and social studies in their accountability systems. And of course, the extent to which moral or civic character is reflected in these assessments varies.

1. The state has no interest in real republicanism and political liberty. The virtue it wants can't even be called obedience, since obedience must be rightly ordered to valid laws and legitimate authority and the common good. What it wants is servitude.
2. American public education, in form or content, has very little to do with classical paideia or the proper education of citizens into virtue, which is a responsibility not only of teh family or clan, but of the community as a whole.
3. The author of course doesn't bring up feminism and false egalitarianism and how that distorts our notions of citizenship. There can be no addressing of the problem of the state without addressing its weaponized ideology of feminism.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Missing the Problem of Scale

Can't talk about community values if there's no community. Compounding that error is the lack of a common thick culture to mass population centers. Camden's example has been discussed in connection with law enforcement reform but I think the author of the essay has a rather simplistic take on it. What would the demographics of the zip code of the author's residence reveal about his perspective?

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NLM: How the Traditional Liturgy Contributes to Racial and Ethnic Integration by Peter Kwasniewski

Even if parishes were often set up along ethnic lines, there was still, beyond this, a strong sense of belonging to the one Catholic Church, the great equalizer and leveler.

To the one patriarchate of Rome.

The imposition of the vernacular and the lack of ritual and rubrical discipline has separated us into little enclaves. You end up with Masses for white upper-middle-class golfers, Mass with African-American Gospel music, Mass for Hispanics, Mass for Vietnamese, etc. etc. How can the Church “unite the different races” if she can’t even unite us in a single recognizably Catholic worship?
The American churches gave up on assimilation and requiring immigrants learn English. They also gave into multiculturalism, and allowed for different worship "styles."
Churchmen after the Council foolishly abandoned this remarkable power of a single Creed, acknowledged and taught as such; a single observance with real asceticism; and, above all, a common body of Latin liturgy to draw together people of different races, ethnicities, languages, classes, backgrounds, and vocations. We may truly say that the practice of the traditional liturgy has been, and is capable of becoming once again, the Catholic Church’s “secret weapon” for unity among the faithful of the far-flung and demographically highly diverse Latin rite.
Latin as the unifying language of a political or ecclesial empire. No thanks. That Latin ecclesial and political myth persists, though. "A common body of liturgy in hieratic English to draw together people of different races, ethnicities, languages, classes, backgrounds, and vocations..." That is a solution as much as what Kwasniewski is advocating. But the bureaucrats who run the Latin churches surrendered.

Evangelicals Have a Bigger Problem Than Their Trump Support

It's their own form of Christianity that is the problem, and talk about "holiness" being the priority is useless if Evangelicals don't know how it is to be achieved. How many Evangelicals are deracinated civic nationalists who have accepted liberalism and capitalism as foundational values? How many of them have already capitulated to feminism?

Rod Dreher: The Coming Christian Reckoning

Dreher writes:
It’s not just the Evangelical church. All the churches — and that also means conservative churches and liberal churches — who have substituted and continue to substitute chasing issues for cultivating holiness, and the practices of holiness, are going to fall. You cannot vote, or demonstrate, or emote your way out of this Reckoning.

Christians who haven’t been making plans for the aftermath had better get started.

There will be a Reckoning, but Dreher's solution that is the Benedict Option is inadequate. Even the focus on personal holiness is not enough, as holiness is a conformity to the commandments of God. Dreher will never criticize feminism fully.

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Monday, June 08, 2020

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Unfortunately, the middle section of Hill Women is less entrancing. Here, the book diverges from its early promise—to tell the stories of forgotten or ignored hill women—to focus instead on Chambers’s own life: her journey from Berea, to boarding school, to an Ivy League college. Hill Women wants to be both a personal memoir and a story about a place. In some ways, the two obviously overlap: Chambers grew up in Appalachia and is one of its hill women. But the introduction and title suggest that it means to tell the story of multiple hill women, and so the singular focus at the midway point is disappointing. 
This is not to suggest that Chambers’s story isn’t fascinating and important. It is. But tales of her days at boarding school, her college boyfriend, and struggles with the meritocracy and class divides of Yale take up too many pages for a book that is supposed to be about Appalachia, about tales that “have ricocheted within the mountains, growing more faint with time,” as Chambers puts it in her introduction. It could be that she ran out of stories, but those she does tell are so tantalizing, I left the book hungry for more. We’ve read memoirs about kids who left Appalachia for the big city and for Ivy League universities. I was eager to read more about the Aunt Ruths and Wilmas.
The ending of the book twists into politics—something it dabbles in throughout, but rarely focuses on. This makes sense, since Chambers is running for office, a member of the Democratic Party, and a staunch opponent of Trump. Her work to reform the legal system on behalf of her clients is interesting, but it again made the book feel a bit imbalanced. The early parts of Hill Women are far more focused on anecdotal history and stories of community resilience than on politics and policy. There’s much that could be written about the forms of sharecropping that Chambers’s family experienced, as well as the impact of coal mining and rural policy on communities like Booneville. But balancing the personal and political, anecdotal and philosophical, is no easy task.


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Sunday, June 07, 2020

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