On Essays and Letters
- On General Wolfe’s Preference Spring 2013
Father Schall looks at Will Cuppy, the question of relations between things and self-evident facts.
- On Avoiding ‘Prosperous Wickedness’ Spring 2013
Father Schall reflects on a Rambler essay from 1750.
- On Quotations Winter 2013
Father Schall reflects on the art of the quotation: We usually do not quote just to be quoting.
- The Real Charm of Oxford Fall 2012
Father Schall reflects on letters of the English Dominican Bede Jarrett.
- Our Rascally World Summer 2012
Father Schall reflects on a letter from the great satirist Jonathan Swift to the poet Alexander Pope.
- On the Depths of Villainy Spring 2012
- On Being a Basel Professor Winter 2012
- ‘The Greatest Fool That Ever Lived’ Fall 2011
In this bonus column, Father Schall reflects on the nature of philosophy, Stoicism, and the Incarnational view of life.
- On Instruction in Cheerful Forms Fall 2011
In this column, Father Schall reflects on a sermon that John Donne preached to London’s lawyers on a proper understanding of gratitude and suffering.
- Old Roads and Montesquieu’s Library Summer 2011
Father Schall’s students send him postcards from their travels. Here he reflects on places that several of them have recently been.
- Memories of Johnson Spring 2011
Father Schall reflects on a collection of the writings and sayings—and conversations of Samuel Johnson. He suggests that “truth ultimately exists in conversation, not in books.”
- On What Knowledge Pertains To Winter 2011
Father Schall returns to Plato’s Republic for a discussion of the connection of knowledge, philosophy, and action—and a train of thought that points beyond ourselves. We did not cause the beauty and the very existence of what is. . . .
- The Long Twilight Volume 47, Number 3–4 (Fall 2010)
2010 does not seem to bear the same enthusiasm about the future as existed even forty years ago.
- Safer in Minnesota Volume 47, Number 1 (Winter 2010)
- A Patron Saint of Teachers Volume 46, Number 4 (Winter 2008)
- On the Fixing of Our Gaze Volume 46, Number 3 (Fall 2008)
- What Everybody Can Enjoy Volume 46, Number 2 (Summer 2008)
- The Infinite Anguish of Free Souls Volume 45, Number 3 (Fall 2007)
- Returning to the Real Volume 45, Number 1 (Winter 2007)
- Are Fish Good for the Brain? Volume 42, Number 4 (Winter 2003)
- Many a Touching Story Volume 44, Number 2 (Winter 2006)
- Old China Volume 44, Number 3 (Summer 2006)
- Mr. Shakespeare’s Plays Volume 44, Number 4 (Fall 2006)
- The Bach Moment Volume 44, Number 1 (Fall 2005)
The conservative believes that the individual is foolish, although the species is wise; therefore, unlike the confident intellectual, he declines to undertake the reconstruction of society and human nature.
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