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Navigating the Crisis of Movement: Rupture, Repetition, and New Life

To speak of trauma is always to speak too late. Trauma is something we do not see coming. Consider philosopher of neuroplasticity Catherine Malabou’s definition: “The word ‘trauma’ in Greek means ‘wound’ and derives from titrosko, which means ‘to pierce.’ Trauma thus designates the wound that results from an effraction—an ‘effraction’ that can be physical (a ‘patent’ wound) or psychical. In either case, trauma names a shock that forces open or pierces... Read More

Birdman and the Search for Meaning

Each year I aim to see all of the films nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. I fell a bit short of that goal this year, but I did see Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) at one of my favorite independent theaters in Denver.[1] In February, Birdman won the top prize at the Oscars in a race that was quite tight. As a philosopher specifically interested in existentialism, particularly as it is used to describe the philosophy that emphasizes the existence of the individual... Read More

Flirting with Money

What is money for? The question may sound odd as it suggests that money might have a “nature,” a given essence that defines its proper use and goal. Even realists, who still think of things as having natures, would be hard-pressed to think of money this way, because money, especially paper money, only exists as part of a humanly constructed symbolic system of value and exchange. And yet both Aristotle and Aquinas imagined that money had something akin to a nature; that... Read More

Why Every Christian Should ‘Quite Rightly Pass for an Atheist’

“Only an Atheist can be a good Christian.” -Ernst Bloch “Only a Christian can be a good Atheist.” -Jürgen Moltmann “I quite rightly pass for an Atheist” -Jacques Derrida On Passing for an Atheist Along With Derrida When the late French post-structuralist philosopher Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) confessed, “I quite rightly pass for an atheist,”[1] it raised quite a stir—to say the least. This was not the first of Derrida’s devilishly pithy comments, but it remains... Read More