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Spirit of Vatican II
Interests: Literature, philosophy, theology, Buddhism, opera, classical music, film, travel.
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1. Night after night on the cold hillside he watched over the sheep, wakeful while they slept, and among those misty green valleys his thoughts took on a serious cast. Son of a deacon and grandson of a priest, he... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2019 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
[This letter makes uncanny reading in light of the exposure of what lay behind the Vatican regime upheld and reinforced by St John Paul II, basking in the adulation of millions while the clerical and theological caste remained spineless. This... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2019 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
    'It is quite difficult to invent a tale; even a new creation will inevitably merge with the stream of tales heard before, and thus become a variant of what has already been around' (Burkert, 70). To see a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 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 Aug 23, 2018 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
This is an earlier version of the opening chapter in the following book: Chapter One: Reality Itself as Criterion of Religious Truth Romano Guardini surmised that the Buddha is “the last one whom Christianity will have to confront. What... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
Thirteen years or so after writing the text below, I just discovered several interviews and talks by Micheál Ledwith, who does not seem to have greatly changed since 50 years ago. The Indian and Egyptian lore is somewhat wacky New... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
I hope to get around to pursuing this mode of communication -- Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
Christian or Buddhist? “We perhaps do not yet know what Hegel’s dialectical sublation really is, or what negativity is: to learn it one must plunge into one’s heart, and that heart is likely to be, if I dare say so,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
Doubting Thomas 1. What is the resurrection? Can we believe it? I think these remain nagging questions for most of us, which is why we can identify so easily with “Doubting Thomas.” We have heard of the Resurrection, but we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
Some of James’s short stories or ‘tales’ can seem hollow and strained, their characters thinly sketched and their plot stretched to the limits of plausibility, though of course the novella as a genre is expected to be a striking sketch... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage
Impermanence is a fundamental theme of English poetry, which easily slips into the elegiac mode. Think of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, of Keats’s Odes, of the Elegies of Milton, Gray, Shelley, Tennyson, Arnold. This was a mode in which Yeats was fully... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at Joseph S. O'Leary homepage 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 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
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 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