Harry Gamble, Books and Readers in the Early Church, Introduction

I have written several posts for my friend Yuri regarding the various roles that speech and words take in Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov (so far parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6a, and 6b — together with a post on texts and another on oceanic models of causation in The Brothers Karamazov). This project has forced me to read Harry Y. Gamble’s Books and Readers in the Early Church. Gamble deals with questions of orality and literacy in ways that bear directly upon the arguments I was making in response to questions I was asking; since his focus is the relationship between orality and literacy, attention to his work is very rewarding. 

Therefore, here is an introduction to the book, to be followed by posts concerning each of the five chapters, each with some critical analysis from scholarly reviews, and my own impressions.  Continue reading

Justice and Hurting People

Something very short; a plug for a Sententiae Antiquae post.  Continue reading

The New Year, and Previous Years

It is important to make plans, because while novelties drive history (there are genuinely new things in the world all the time — we are not necessarily caged by the past, but are always open to the future), those novelties will spring up with weed-like haphazardness if we don’t direct them. So far as I can tell, I didn’t make a New Year’s plan or commitments last year on Into the Clarities. Continue reading

Excerpt #24 — Alasdair MacIntyre on The Nothingness of The Modern Self

Riffing off of the last excerpt post by David Bentley Hart, it seemed appropriate to list here a similarly themed excerpt from Alasdair MacIntyre about the modern self, and modern freedom.

Since I am nearing the end of Alasdair MacIntyre’s After Virtue, I thought to list just one passage from it here, and settled on this one because of its similarity to that excerpt.

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