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Spirit of Vatican II
Interests: Literature, philosophy, theology, Buddhism, opera, classical music, film, travel.
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http://www.thlz.com/artikel/16066/?inhalt=heft%3D2013_6%23r40 Since Vatican II, as Charles Kannengiesser remarked in a lecture on 3.12.1986, the Church has changed so much that a new theological foundation must be found for it. We find ourselves in a no man's land. A similar post-Vatican... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
Bernard Pouderon: Review of Joseph S. O’Leary, Christianisme et philosophie chez Origène, Éditions du Cerf, 2011. Joseph O’Leary, Irish by birth, but teaching at Tokyo’s prestigious Sophia University, is one of the too rare foreign scholars writing in French. He... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
Motival Saturation Joyce admired Wagner, alongside Ibsen and Hauptmann, as a fearless modern artist. His own writing ‘aspired to the condition of music’ (Walter Pater) long before and long beyond the ‘Sirens’ chapter of Ulysses, which like the ‘Oxen of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXyhh7nJ2qI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmauIuR2NF0 Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
Thanks to the new commented bilingual edition of Mark Siderits and Shōryū Katsura, Nāgārjuna’s Middle Way: Mūlamadhyamakakārikā (Boston: Wisdom, 2013), the thought of the great logical clarifier of the foundations of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras’ proclamation of emptiness has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Niney
Pierre Niney went on to great fame with his stunning thriller "Un homme parfait."
It’s a standard trope – a cliché, even – for someone in my position tonight to talk about ‘being honoured’, etc. But – cliché or not - it really is an enormous privilege to be involved in the launch this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
http://www.amazon.com/Conventional-Ultimate-Truth-Fundamental-Thresholds/dp/026803740X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432869328&sr=8-1&keywords=%22conventional+and+ultimate+truth%22 This book sets forth as a paradigm for theology today the practice of a reflective judgment that attends to the interplay of conventionality and ultimacy within Christian tradition and in the wider interreligious horizon. The theme of reflective judgment... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
Le ‘dépassement de la métaphysique’ est un pléonasme, s’il est vrai que fait partie de l’essence de la métaphysique de dépasser ses formes acquises pour essayer une approche toujours plus radicale de la chose même (comme le remarque Jean-Luc Marion).... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
Grand exégète et critique de la tradition philosophique occidentale, Heidegger a essayé avec un succès moins évident d’articuler aussi une vision positive de l’être et de la pensée, en dialogue avec Hölderlin et quelques penseurs grecs anciens en en réaction... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
For Heidegger being is a phenomenon: we all know what it means to be or to exist, even though when we seek to articulate that knowledge we are stumped and flounder amid empty expressions. Analytical philosophy avoids having to deal... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
A lively dialogue about Thomas Sheehan's forthcoming book, "Making Sense of Heidegger," took place in Stanford University on February 24, 2015. Here is the text of my critique, as distributed to the auditors. Heidegger Without Being My understanding of Heidegger... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
As a poet, Eliot consorted with ghosts—the illustrious dead who formed a constellation within which his own individual talent could find its place. In his literary practice, with its intensive use of echoes from dead writers, he is constantly calling... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
Things have moved very quickly, taking the Church by surprise. The movement for the recognition of same-sex marriages and civil unions has been astonishingly successful. While the Catholic hierarchy rejects all legal acceptance of same-sex couples, its arguments are unsatisfying,... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
The focus of intense and exaggerated media attention over the last two months, St Peter’s Square has again played its part as a magnificent stage. Fleeing snowbound Paris, I arrived in Rome on the second day of the Conclave, when... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
The motif of cuts and mutilations runs through Kicking the Black Mamba, Robert Welch’s memoir of his son Egan. Bob’s departure at age 65, in January 2013, is a cruel cut to IASIL, including IASIL Japan which twice hosted him,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
Wordsworth’s ‘Tintern Abbey’ has two climactic passages which are a report of mystical experience, and which poetically recreate that experience. The first evokes a ‘blessed mood’ in which ‘we see into the life of things’; in the second ‘a presence’... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
More stories of false accusations: http://www.themediareport.com/2013/10/13/false-accusation-catholic-priests-guilty/ http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/10/prisoner_guilty_of_mail_fraud.html http://www.themediareport.com/2012/02/20/new-evidence-may-exonerate-priest-gordon-j-macrae/
Here is a presentation of the new Société Francophone de la Philosophie de la Religion and its exciting future activities: https://sites.google.com/site/philosophiereligion/home I was honoured to be part of the inaugural conference at Strasbourg University. There was a star-studded list of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2013 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
[UPDATE the following entry has been annotated by Pertinacious Papist as follows: "I was doing an online search for something involving Cardinal Ratzinger's Principles of Catholic Theology, and for whatever reason I found a link to (Fr.) Joseph S. O'Leary's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2013 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
The Church under Benedict XVI and his predecessor purged itself of intellectuals and suppressed freedom of speech. This contributes to the juggernaut of fundamentalism that is the foremost threat to our civilization today. http://www.bilgrimage.blogspot.jp/2013/07/all-red-all-blue-no-purple-andrew.html#more Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2013 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
The Moon over the Mountains: Stories by Atsushi Nakajima, translated by Paul McCarthy and Nobuko Ochner. Iowa City: Autumn Hill Books, 2011. I confess that I had never heard of Atsushi Nakajima (1909-1942), but his name is well-known to Japanese... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2013 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
SNAP officials have expressed satisfaction at the sentencing of Fr Shawn Ratigan to fifty years in prison for molesting a number of very young girls (taking lewd photographs and touching them indecently). SNAP expressed no concern that the sentence was... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2013 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
Andrew Radde-Gallwitz’s brilliant work, Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa and the Transformation of Divine Simplicity (Oxford University Press, 2009) is on a level of erudition and philosophical sophistication so much beyond the average that it is likely to meet... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage