Posts Tagged ‘Karl Marx’

Aphorism XCIII

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Marx tried, and failed, to establish a science of history.

Husserl tried, and failed, to philosophically ground the sciences.

Wanting to change the world for the better, the post-WWII generations weakened science by politicizing it in their own images. The world they did change, but not for the better, because they had weakened science by casting it within their own self-idolatry.

Over two centuries of failed efforts to philosophically ground the sciences indicate the difficulty of the task. But science will not progress to significantly improve the world until the sciences are philosophically grounded.

To invoke today’s weakened science as the hope of humanity would indeed be folly, since science now subsumes and is delimited by the political flavor of the week. The sciences must be rebuilt by philosophy in concert with enduring human and Divine values. But who is capable of this difficult challenge, which involves lifetimes of analysis and work, not the spewing of easy rhetoric?

Therefore, we are stuck with easy rhetoric, with clever narratives leading mostly nowhere, and with human knowledge subservient to partisan interests, rather than knowledge informing and strengthening human community and wisdom freeing the human spirit.

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Aphorism LV

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The author of just about the first statement that one should work, or one should not eat, was not Left wing or Right wing, Liberal or Conservative, Democrat or Republican, Objectivist or Libertarian, Adam Smith or Karl Marx or Hitler or Stalin or Mao, but St. Paul of Tarsus, who said:

In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat.

2 Thessalonians 3:10

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Aphorism LIV

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Despite pretensions of a scientific mindset, contemporary atheism clings to at least three critical illusions:

1. Naive nineteenth-century materialism.

Contemporary atheism does not dwell intellectually within twenty-first century complexity and uncertainty as informed by modern physics and scientific economics, but within the illusory Victorian certainty and simplicity of Darwin, Marx, and Mill.

2. A Ptolemaic emotional universe.

Contemporary atheism fancies itself to be the intellectual heir of Galileo, but instead it is the emotional heir of Ptolemy: In the end, atheism assumes that the universe revolves around the atheist.

3. Puritanism without God.

Modern atheism has shed God but not Puritanism, and thus tends to assume a fractured perfectionism:

Such atheism goes to great lengths to care for the body, but then in the end alters the human metabolism with powerful birth-control or libido-enhancing drugs.

Such atheism will not let a politically incorrect thought enter its presence, yet demeans those with whom it disagrees in the coarsest of terms.

Since atheism does not believe in a soul, in the end it acts as if it has none.

Such atheism makes atheists the dry-drunks of Puritanism.

For a different view from that of atheism, see the work of Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, SJ.

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