“Something Rich and Strange:” Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

Posted by Dr. Jayson Grieser on July 11, 2017
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Category: Humanities, Literature
“Something Rich and Strange”: Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” by Dr. Jayson Grieser   A Hamlet who forgives? A Lear who regains his kingdom? After writing the greatest tragedies the world has ever seen, Shakespeare, at the end of his career, turned to something surprising, something derided by contemporary Philip Sidney as “mongrel,” not mentioned by Aristotle, and rejected by Cicero who said, “the comic is abhorrent in tragedy and the tragic abhorrent in comedy.” Shakespeare took

3 Beautiful Words I don’t Know

Posted by Dr. Mitch Stokes on July 11, 2017
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Category: Philosophy
by Dr. Mitch Stokes Descartes’ Discovery Rene Descartes—the seventeenth-century philosopher, mathematician, and scientist—received one of that era’s best educations, which is saying quite a lot. But at the end of this impressive education, Descartes was decidedly unimpressed. Once finished, he said, I found myself beset by so many doubts and errors that I came to think I had gained nothing from my attempts to become educated but increasing recognition of my ignorance. I’d be disappointed
The Artist is One Who Makes Artists of His Audience by Jonathan McIntosh I’m teaching a graduate seminar on “Theological Poetics” this term at NSA, and one of the texts I’ve assigned is R.G. Collingwood’s classic The Principles of Art. Here’s a little gem on how the artist is one who makes artists of his audience: If a poet expresses, for example, a certain kind of fear, the only hearers who can understand him are those
Lewis’s Possibilism, Lewis’s Actualism by Dr. Jonathan McIntosh One of my areas of research and interest concerns the question of God’s power and creative possibility. In the history of western theology, as I argue, there is an unresolved and, indeed, almost unrecognized debate between two contrasting views of how God’s creative activity relates to his creative possibilities. On the one hand is what I would identify as the standard or mainstream position, which I refer to