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Richard Greydanus
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Retrospective on Laudato Si
The most provocative argument in Pope Francis' latest encyclical Laudato Si has to be that wealthy countries and wealthy people owe a debt to poorer countries and poorer people. The pope talks about a 'grave social debt' people with access to water owe to p...

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Laudato Si: On the Care of Our Common Home
Early this morning at 6:00, while most of us on the east coast of North America were desperately wishing for another few minutes of sleep, a congregation gathered in Vatican City to greet the publication of ' Luadato si ,' or 'Praised be to you,' subtitled ...

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Anticipating Laudato Si
Later this week, on Thursday, June 18, Pope Francis will publish what has become perhaps the most anticipated papal encyclical to date. The document will be titled 'Laudato si,' or 'Praised be,' borrowing a phrase from Saint Francis of Assisi's 'Canticle of...

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Our Empirical Education
I have had the privilege of studying at four different post-secondary institutions in Canada over the last 14 years. Two were private institutions, and two public. Redeemer University College (Ancaster, Ontario), a private liberal arts institution, is my un...

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Conservative Catholicism and Climate Change
With a new a papal encyclical on climate change on its way and a papal visit to the United States scheduled for this fall, it has been interesting to watch different groups of American Catholics grapple with the 'meaning' of Pope Francis' ministry. The Roma...

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Nietzsche: Living Unhistorically
Students of history face the same difficulty faced by students of religion when trying to communicate what their intellectual interests are about. Since I happen to stand in both camps, both my feet are put to the fire. The difficulty is that the subjects a...

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Hegel: The Master-Slave Dialectic
This is the third is a series of three sketches of the modern problem of the relation between empirical fact and moral value. The first sketch looked at Kant's question, How are synthetic a priori judgments possible? Though the language used to formulate th...

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Hegel: The Dialectic of Sense-Certainty
Kant's question, How are synthetic a priori judgments possible? creates significant difficulties for subsequent generations of 'moderns' like ourselves. The wording of the question may appear obscure, but it gets at a something very basic that we take for g...

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Kant: How are Synthetic A Priori Judgments Possible?
This rather obtuse question stands at the intellectual boundary between the early modern and modern worlds. The question is the philosophical equivalent of a 'shot heard around the world.' You can find it at the heart of how we 'moderns' (among whom I inclu...

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Being Modern
What is it to be modern? What, in other words, is it that differentiates being modern from being pre-modern, i.e. being medieval or ancient, being non-Western? The standard answer that was given through the 19th and 20th centuries was that modernity went ha...
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