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The decline of Natural Law
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The decline of Natural Law

The Western philosophical tradition of Natural Law, has fallen on hard times, during our postmodern epoch.     Steve Latham   The concept derived from ancient Greek thinkers, such as Aristotle, and became mediated to European culture via the Roman Catholic Church. In particular, Thomas Aquinas provided the theological justification […]

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Berlin Alexanderplatz

“Berlin Alexanderplatz”, a German novel first translated in 1931, would be close to the top of any list of great European literature that remains largely unread in English-speaking countries. Until now…   Sean Sheehan   The translator of the new edition, Michael Hofmann, is kind to his 1931 predecessor although […]

Euthanasia: a culture of death
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Euthanasia: a culture of death

A culture of death is developing. The value of life is decreasing as we continue to promote assisted suicide.     Steve Latham   To be sure, there are complicated medical and ethical questions surrounding end-of-life care for the terminally ill. But there is a line, difficult to define in […]

Images of Ireland
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Images of Ireland

“Dark Ireland” records a way of life that has almost vanished. Its title possesses a message that the photographer seems unaware of.   Sean Sheehan   The front cover of this evocative collection of photographs captures a moment that could have taken place in 1870 instead of a century later […]