Links roundup, 2.16

Michael Novak reflects on the Myth of Romantic Love. A selection:
“If and when eros does vanquish all obstacles, it ceases to be romantic love. It now must choose between commitment to a concrete other with all the limitations of that other, or a once-and-for-all break-up. For with consummation, illusion is shattered. Flesh meets flesh. The reality of the human condition sets in. As a result, the most satisfactory ending for the tale of romantic love is not, as one would think, physical consummation or even “growing old together.” It is, actually, death, while longing still pierces the heart. For then the living member of the couple can go on loving infinitely, forever, above the ordinariness of mere earth. Or else, if that empty fate is simply unbearable, the remaining beloved can also meet a tragic death. Now that is really satisfying: when a man and a woman continue in romantic love eternally, by means of the untimely death of both. That is real tragedy, a real arrow of love to the heart, the best of all Western tales.”

David Mills on love and commitment and the shallowness of calculative and short term love. I like his characterization of marriage
“Marriage is a gift of addition, of multiplication, of construction. You begin with a couple who make the wild and dangerous commitment to each other till death do them part, and on that commitment build a family, a small community, the village it takes to raise a child. In marriage you create something permanent, something eternal, because you give up the exciting options, which aren’t nearly so exciting as the bet you make when you say "I do."”

The always insightful Fr. Barron on blasphemy.

Dr. Feser on why some physicists are so bad at philosophy.

Conventional wisdom says more education leads to less religious belief. But a new study suggests that the conventional wisdom is misguided. In a first ever study of the religious faith of people with masters degrees, doctorates and professional degrees (JDs, MDs), 85% of these educated elite believe in God, compared to 82% in the general population. It turns out that academic faculties – which are disproportionately atheistic – are not all that representative of the educated elite in general. And it also appears that prolonged exposure to atheistic academics doesn’t appear to reduce the belief rate among people with grad degrees.

A rare look inside Pixar studios.

Skiing clergyman compete for the JPII Cup.

Is lying always wrong? Debate about LiveAction’s deceptive practices in outing some Planned Parenthood practices continues to rage on the Catholic blogosphere. This entry does a nice job of explaining intrinsic evil and lying.

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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