Scholium on Architectonic Philosophy

14 October 2017 N.W. Flitcraft 0

I have always found Aristotle’s statement that metaphysics is an ‘architectonic science’ right on the mark. I certainly think of philosophy architectonically, as opposed to ‘dialectically’. Actually, I fancy this

Jacob Klein on the Liberal Arts

30 September 2017 N.W. Flitcraft 0

Jacob Klein (1899–1978)* The quaternity of the original liberal arts — Arithmetic, Geometry, Music, Astronomy [the Quadrivium] — is characterized by the immensely fascinating fact that their content can be understood and therefore learned and therefore known. The Greek

Defining Ontology

8 August 2017 N.W. Flitcraft 0

The following consists of an attempt to postulate “ontology” as a science in itself—included in, but not synonymous with, metaphysics—realized upon reflection of the full meaning of being or existence

Planned Paralysis

1 August 2017 N.W. Flitcraft 0

“The American founders took [the view that] government was not the center of society, and politics was not the most important thing. Government was a necessary evil that had to

Paris in the 1950’s

15 July 2017 N.W. Flitcraft 0

Photographer: Albert Monier (1915-98) Rue du Cloître Notre Dame (1953) Toilette Matinale (1955) Rhône-Alpes, Seine (1950s) Arc de Triomphe (1950s) View from the banks of the Seine (1950s) Quai de Seine (1956) Place

Herbert’s Formula

28 June 2017 N.W. Flitcraft 0

In his poem “Easter,”1Read the poem at Breviary Hymns. George Herbert employs three primary images, appointed to the first three stanzas, respectively, heart, lute, and song. The heart, in the biological

On Reading Poems

17 April 2017 N.W. Flitcraft 0

I’ve been asked to give a lesson or “crash course” on reading poetry, and now that it’s been brought to my attention, I think it might actually be one of

The Mathematical Approach

14 March 2017 N.W. Flitcraft 0

Academic philosophy is inveterately “scholarly,” much of the time seeming to take the approach of a legal proceeding rather than a speculative inquiry into the nature of things.  Actually, much

Love’s Relative Constancy

11 January 2017 N.W. Flitcraft 0

In laying the foundation for his theory of special relativity, Albert Einstein insisted that in order to call geometrical propositions “true” they must have a physical reference frame to have

On ‘plot holes’

7 November 2016 N.W. Flitcraft 0

I don’t believe in the existence of ‘plot holes’. For me the nature of imagination and ‘suspension of disbelief’ preclude the possibility of plot holes, just as they make it