Tag Archives: Philosophy

A Moral-less “Down and Out”

George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London takes us out of the 18th and 19th century and catapults us into the ‘modern’ age of the 20th. Just as in Moll Flanders, the story laid out in Down and … Continue reading

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Movement

Moving is hard for writers. I think it’s hard for everyone, of course, but being a writer and moving presents a unique set of problems that I’m not sure everyone else experiences, or at least experiences to the same extent. … Continue reading

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The Wild

I worry, at times, that Rapunzel exchanged one ivory tower for another; one with bigger windows and more staircases, but a tower nonetheless. I wonder, sometimes, how unhappy she really was, cast out into the wilderness, sheared and alone for … Continue reading

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Sophocles’ Religion

Sophocles devotion to his Athenian religion is reflected in the play Oedipus the King, illuminating the work’s overall meaning. Examining man’s responsibility for his own moral sanctity and his own sanity, Sophocles at the same time recognizes that in order … Continue reading

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“The Crazy Apollo Business…”

“Apollo 1 patch” by NASA – http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/apollo/apollo1/html/s66-36742.html (direct link). Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. William Hines’ editorial, End of a Crazy Business, shows little more than Hines complete lack of understanding of what the Apollo space program achieved … Continue reading

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Lacan, Doyle, and Holmes: Men and the Feminine (Part 3 of 3)

From the start, the differences between the Lacanian interpretation of the Oedipal Triangle and the one presented by Doyle become evident. Women are placed first in the position of the males in the triangle, not always possessing sight but always possessing … Continue reading

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Lacan, Doyle, and Holmes: Men and the Feminine (Part 2 of 3)

Lacan presents a theory that, while engaging, relies on a relatively narrow-minded definition of feminine characteristics versus masculine characteristics. For Lacan, the feminine is a shadowy, deceptive form, both indefinable and irresistible. However, it is still a position of vulnerability, … Continue reading

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Lacan, Doyle, and Holmes: Men and the Feminine (Part 1 of 3)

Playwright William Congreve penned the infamous phrase “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned/Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned” in 1697 (Moncur). Throughout literary history, the woman scorned has been a powerful antagonist, instigating trouble and woe … Continue reading

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Books Connect the Human Race (Part 2 of 2)

Nevertheless there must be something more to the book mystery. Why not just go out and travel the world if discovery and experience are so important to you? Another dimension of the allure of the published word is the effort … Continue reading

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You Can’t Run Away Forever: Confronting a Dark Past (Part 2 of 2)

Joseph Flora, a university professor, once included Shane in a course he conducted on American literature. He found the student’s aversion to the character of Shane interesting, and rationalized it with this statement: “At century’s end, in post-Vietnam America, believing … Continue reading

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