“Dark and Beautiful” – On Giorgio Agamben’s The Mystery of Evil (TLS 2018)

D. L. Dusenbury, “Dark and beautiful,” TLS. The Times Literary Supplement (20 April 2018). A review of Giorgio Agamben, The Mystery of Evil: Benedict XVI and the End of Days, trans. A. Kotsko (Stanford, 2017). An excerpt from the author’s typescript is copied below: Agamben believes that the crisis of the European church is nobly symbolized by Benedict XVI’s… Continue reading “Dark and Beautiful” – On Giorgio Agamben’s The Mystery of Evil (TLS 2018)

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“The pursuit of truth” – On Marc Van De Mieroop’s Philosophy before the Greeks (TLS 2016)

David Lloyd Dusenbury, "Beware of Greeks," TLS. The Times Literary Supplement (2 December 2016), 26. A review of Marc Van De Mieroop, Philosophy before the Greeks: The Pursuit of Truth in Ancient Babylonia (Princeton 2016). An excerpt from the author’s typescript is copied below: Marc Van De Mieroop warns on the first page of his… Continue reading “The pursuit of truth” – On Marc Van De Mieroop’s Philosophy before the Greeks (TLS 2016)

“The disappearance of Time-images” – On Simona Cohen’s new study (Aevum 2015)

David Lloyd Dusenbury, [Untitled], Aevum. Rassegna di Scienze storiche linguistiche e filologiche 89.2 (2015), 186–188. A review of Simona Cohen, Transformations of Time and Temporality in Medieval and Renaissance Art (Leiden 2014) Transformations of Time and Temporality in Medieval Renaissance Art is a relatively unified study of the representation – and especially, of the personification… Continue reading “The disappearance of Time-images” – On Simona Cohen’s new study (Aevum 2015)

“The Commentator on Aristotle’s De Anima III” – On Carlos Steel’s ‘Simplicius’ (The Classical Review 2014)

“Pseudo-Simplicius”, The Classical Review 64.2 (2014), 436–437. A review of ‘Simplicius’, On Aristotle On the Soul 3.6–13, trans. C. Steel with A. Ritups (London 2012). An excerpt from the author’s typescript is copied below: In Inferno IV, when Dante catches sight of him in a mild foyer to the spiralling pit of hell, Averroes is… Continue reading “The Commentator on Aristotle’s De Anima III” – On Carlos Steel’s ‘Simplicius’ (The Classical Review 2014)

“Nothing could be more obscure” – Relative time in early modern philosophy (TLS 2014)

[Untitled], The Times Literary Supplement (15 August 2014), 27. A review of Michael Edwards, Time and the Science of the Soul in Early Modern Philosophy (Leiden 2013). An excerpt from the author’s typescript is copied below: “You suppose that the nature of time is perfectly clear, when nothing could be more obscure”, is Pierre Gassendi’s reproach… Continue reading “Nothing could be more obscure” – Relative time in early modern philosophy (TLS 2014)

“New territory beckons” – Daniel Napier on Augustine’s anthropology (TLS 2014)

[Untitled], The Times Literary Supplement (25 July 2014), 27. A review of D. A. Napier, En route to the Confessions: The Roots and Development of Augustine's Philosophical Anthropology (Leuven 2013). An excerpt from the author’s typescript is copied below: It should be commoner knowledge than it is that René Descartes’s epoch-making “I think, therefore I… Continue reading “New territory beckons” – Daniel Napier on Augustine’s anthropology (TLS 2014)

“That feeling is inexhaustible” – On Miklos Szentkuthy’s 1934 notebooks (TLS 2014)

“The Most Mysterious Thing in Life”, The Times Literary Supplement (7 February 2014), 22. A review of Miklós Szentkuthy, Towards the One and Only Metaphor, trans. T. Wilkinson (New York 2013). An excerpt from the author’s typescript is copied below: In the first pages of a notebook he kept in the summer of 1934, Miklós… Continue reading “That feeling is inexhaustible” – On Miklos Szentkuthy’s 1934 notebooks (TLS 2014)

“Very artful, almost loving” – On Josef Winkler’s When the Time Comes (TLS 2014)

“Death Becomes Them”, The Times Literary Supplement (10 January 2014), 21. A review of Josef Winkler, When the Time Comes, trans. A. West (New York 2013). An excerpt from the author’s typescript is copied below: Before he died, W.G. Sebald often praised Josef Winkler’s “monomaniacal oeuvre”; and Winkler has self-diagnosed his idée fixe: we all… Continue reading “Very artful, almost loving” – On Josef Winkler’s When the Time Comes (TLS 2014)

Enlightened totemism – On Marramao’s The Passage West (Radical Philosophy 2013)

“Totum and Taboo”, Radical Philosophy 179 (2013), 43–46. A review of Giacomo Marramao, The Passage West: Philosophy After the Age of the Nation State, trans. M. Mandarini (London 2012). An excerpt from the author’s typescript is copied below: ‘The totum is the totem’, writes Giacomo Marramao. And apparently he means it, since this is the… Continue reading Enlightened totemism – On Marramao’s The Passage West (Radical Philosophy 2013)

“To the fire-stars” – On Gerard O’Daly’s Prudentius (Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 2012)

[Untitled], Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 88.4 (2012), 516–518. A review of Gerard O’Daly, Days Linked by Song: Prudentius’ Cathemerinon (Oxford 2012). An excerpt from the author’s typescript is copied below:             When Prudentius receives attention, it is typically on account of his monumental poems, Psychomachia and Peristephanon—that is to say, as a Christian successor to the… Continue reading “To the fire-stars” – On Gerard O’Daly’s Prudentius (Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 2012)