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22 Responses to Dover_Beach is blogging

  1. jumpnmcar

    Lota big words, may appeal to academics.
    And good for them.

  2. Gab

    Excellent, Dover. It’s looking great!

    Jump – buy yourself a dictionary and expand your vocab. It’s never too late 🙂

  3. stackja

    Bookmarked! Will visit often.

  4. Ellen of Tasmania

    Terrific. Even if it does shatter my little brain to understand. Won’t be able to comment, though, ’cause you can’t do it without registering with something or other.

    Dover – Tom Woods reckons himself to be both thoroughly Catholic and Libertarian ( I’m not sure how he’d argue that out with the likes of Dot or David, but he does write and speak about it a lot. I tend to agree with you – different presuppositions (assuming ‘Libertarian’ is rooted in secular humanism). Blessings on your blogging.

  5. Mort


    I’m not Catholic, but being Christian and Libertarian does require thinking about.

    I start from the “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” and work from there.

  6. Tom

    The Ordeal of Consciousness

    My heartfelt condolences about the crucifixion your life has turned out to be, Dover.


  7. stackja

    Most couple I have known including my parents seem to get on with their lives as a married couple. Until death them do part. Some are stay at home moms. In this era of computing many office jobs could be done from home.

  8. Gab

    My heartfelt condolences about the crucifixion your life has turned out to be, Dover.

    I’m not convinced the meaning you read into the blog’s title is Dover’s meaning, Tom. I could be wrong but Dover can explain if he wants.

    Looking it up in the Google, I found this:

    This 1962 appraisal of seven of [Henry] James’s major works provides an insight into his artistic purpose and a fuller appreciation of his material and method. The author’s main texts are chosen both for their representativeness and their need of detailed elucidation. These chosen texts and consequently the studies are closely connected by the theme of ‘being and seeing’ – the exploration of James’s peculiar notion of consciousness. They also consider the continuity of James’s moral, social and philosophical preoccupations through the various periods of his creative life. The author demands no intimate knowledge of the works: she begins each study with an account of the story which is itself an important part of the elucidation, and then proceeds to unfold layer after layer of meaning. The author’s arguments are intellectually stimulating and her interpretations sensitive and accompanied by ample and carefully chosen quotations, which allow James’s voice to be heard whenever necessary.

  9. Alfonso

    Careful you don’t let life outflank you, son.
    ‘Doing’ is worth 10 million words.

  10. jupes

    So you won’t be discussing footy then D B?

  11. Ellen of Tasmania

    I’m not Catholic, but being Christian and Libertarian does require thinking about.

    Mort, as I said, I tend to agree with DB on this (a comment he made on his blog). I’m prepared to describe myself as a Christian Libertarian – ie. I believe that without Christ there can be no true liberty at all.

    I believe both Christians and non-Christians reap benefits living in a society that adheres to Christian principles. But I understand it to be a basic Christian principle that no earthly power is absolute and that all earthly powers have spheres of influence and authority. That includes state government, which at present goes way beyond my understanding of it’s ordained function.

    There are many Christians working within the Libertarian movement – particularly in the U.S. Think of Ron & Rand Paul, Tom Woods, Gary North … they’re thick on the ground.

  12. Robert Blair


    I agree. Good point about the earthly powers.

    I did like the Tom Woods link – thank you for that.

    Each political group has a kind of cartoon image of Christians. To leftists a Christian is either a New Age eco-gospeller who “has grave doubts”, or a rabid hell-fire breathing TV preacher.

    And to Conservatives you must be either Cardinal Pell, or the eco-gospeller.

    The real Libertarians, like Dot, at least accept that you might have your own views, and don’t try to to pigeon hole you.
    The fake Libertarians assume you are (a) so stupid they have to yell at you, often IN CAPS, and (b) so cunning that you are planning on secretly converting them, maybe with magic Christian germs.

    At the end of the day I am really quite ignorant, and I am very badly equipped to argue the case. I am just trying to amble along and build my knowledge. One can learn from just about everyone. Almost.

  13. Steve D

    When does DB get promoted to the Cat blogroll?

  14. wreckage

    Cool, nice to get the chance to read D_B where he’s got some time to flesh it out.

  15. Splatacrobat

    My brain is hurting just reading the intro. Analysing philosophy at a deeper level than I already accept as my lot in life might discombobulate what brain cells I have left so I will watch from a safe distance with reverence as you unpack these mysteries.
    That said, well done Dover and I wish you well.

  16. calli

    the purpose of which is to contribute in some small way to the conversation of mankind.

    And what a conversation it is. Well done, Dover.

    A question…what artwork is depicted in the banner?

  17. calli

    Sorry…scrub that question. As usual google was my friend…School of Athens, Michelangelo.

  18. dover_beach

    Thanks for all your well-wishes.

    Tom, LOL,I think you’re reading too much into the phrase – which I’ve taken from a passage in Oakeshott. It just refers to the difficulty/ trial of making sense of the world.

  19. dover_beach

    So you won’t be discussing footy then D B?

    Jupes, I won’t fail to mention Hawthorn’s stirring victory in that last Saturday in September.

  20. Infidel Tiger

    Dover is probably the most congenial and even tempered man in the blogosphere. I think I have only seen him get testy once and that was in the face of rampant SfB idiocy.

  21. .

    I am suspicious of philosophy as an academic discipline.

    For too long it has bee a fig leaf for university academics in other faculties to support big government at home and totalitarianism abroad, to wit: the support of extortion and mass murder.

    I may not agree with DB on everything, but it is a relief to see someone not joining the ranks of sophists and apologists for human misery and utopias where the individual is crushed to dust to make way for a better world that benefits “society”.

    I know he is a classicist and Catholic to his bootstraps but I hope he gives Ayn Rand etc a fair shake.

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