Monthly Archives: November 2017

The Elementary Forms of Religious “Life” Are Psycho-Biological (Durkheim)

Re-reading The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, I thought I knew what to expect. What I did not expect was the emphasis in Durkheim on “life.” I should have expected it. It’s there in the clear light of day in … Continue reading

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Religious Life & The Division of Labor in Society (Durkheim)

Reading The Elementary Forms of Religious Life for the Religion Department graduate Theories and Methods seminar, I am now concluding that you cannot understand this foundational text without having read The Division of Labor in Society. In other words, “religious … Continue reading

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Leon Wieseltier & The Limits of Jewish Moralism

Especially for those of us exercised by so-called Jewish ethics, “The Sins of Leon Wieseltier” which you can read here by Joseph Epstein at the Weekly Standard is cruel and painful reading, excellent for the take down of a sexual … Continue reading

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(Faces) Trump & Jared

One face about to swallow itself up in rage, the other enveloped in fear

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