Why is it that so many people now fear to believe anything?

Baccalaureate Address of President Nathan M. Pusey to the Class of 1960 of Harvard college, given at the Memorial Church in Harvard Yard on Sunday afternoon, June 12, 1960.

Recently I had occasion to scan the report of the acting chairman of the committee which admitted your class to Harvard College. This report spoke very well of you — glowingly of your median mathematical and verbal test scores. For that early time, your scores were very good indeed.

Similarly, you made a strong impression on the Dean of Freshmen. “The Class of 1960, the smallest in a number of years,”…


Søren Kierkegaard

The present age is one of understanding, of reflection, devoid of passion, an age which flies into enthusiasm for a moment only to decline back into indolence. . .

Not even a suicide does away with himself out of desperation, he considers the act so long and so deliberately, that he kills himself with thinking — one could barely call it suicide since it is thinking which takes his life. He does not kill himself with deliberation but rather kills himself because of deliberation. …


By Jeffrey Steinbrink

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s recreations of the Jazz Age are convincing not only because they draw upon his experiences as a charter member of the Lost Generation but also because they convey so pervasively a sense of the fundamental paradox which gave the Age its poignancy. In a Fitzgerald novel one is drawn almost simultaneously in two directions: toward the naive hope that the best of life is yet to come, and toward the realization that such circumstances as give life meaning lie buried in an irrecoverable past. Characters in his best work are nowhere more representative of…


Martin Heidegger Interview

Philosophy will be unable to effect any immediate change in the current state of the world. This is true not only of philosophy but of all purely human reflection and endeavors. Only a god can save us.

Scene from the Era of Norwegian Sagas by Knud Baade, 1850

Introduction

Although Heidegger was one of the seminal thinkers of the twentieth century, few such men of his time were criticized more severely or resented more bitterly than he. Much of this criticism arose because of an association with the Nazis while Rector of the University of Freiburg, 1933–34, one that publicly he neither repudiated, justified, nor explained. In 1966 the editors of the…


But all the witcheries of that unwaning weather did not merely lend new spells and potencies to the outward world. Inward they turned upon the soul, especially when the still mild hours of eve came on; then, memory shot her crystals as the clear ice most forms of noiseless twilights.

Finnian Brown

In life it is very important to be on the watch for one's cue.

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