Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Socrates Society

As most know, it is the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death and so the occasion for his StPatrickFeast Day.  I suppose Saint Patrick’s Day has become, like Christmas, as much of a secular holiday as a religious one.  And yet I still find it somewhat amusing to see young children who are likely not Catholic or perhaps even Christian dressed up today to celebrate a man famous for converting Ireland to Catholicism.  (I should note, St Patrick is venerated as a saint by not only Catholics but also the Orthodox, Episcopalians, and Lutherans).  And though it should be obvious, St Patrick was not the drunken Irish leprechaun type.  In fact, he was not Irish at all but born in Scotland to Roman parents.  When he was a young man, he was taken captive by Irish raiders and enslaved for 6 years.  He eventually escaped and became a priest, and returned…

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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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