Links roundup, 12.14

A Finals Week links roundup for your procrastinating pleasure.

Some Christmas flash mobs have been committing “random acts of culture”, click here and here.

An article on the environmental efforts at Vatican City. Given the age of the buildings, it cannot be the most energy efficient place in the world. But they are installing Europe’s largest solar power “plant”, and even the Pope’s summer residence is going green (will be powered by methane emitted from the horses in the stables!).

I love Bishop Sheen. Not only was he a fine thinker, he had a real knack for the theater of teaching. I love his dramatic flair. His nationally syndicated television show ran in the 1950s and routinely drew 30 million viewers a week (can you imagine?!). So here is Fulton Sheen on temptation.

The assault on liberal education continues. Stanley Fish comments here on the Brown report in England on university education, which includes the suggestion that courses be indexed to the likelihood of future financial rewards.

On the manliness of St. Thomas Aquinas.

In this, a season oft corrupted by sentimentality, this reflection on spiritual dryness is timely. In worship we often substitute the experience for the Real End.

Screwtape on pleasure.


About Kleiner

Associate Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.
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