One of the minor tragedies of the mid-twentieth-century American hegemony is that we listen to Glenn Gould, rather than to the European women who outshine him - Maria Tipo, and, here, the shimmering Marcelle Meyer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shgkSppX3yI
Was the circulation of the blood discovered by William Harvey in the 17th century? Probably. But several 17th-century humanists thought it was described rather well by a 4th-century Syrian bishop. See the opening paragraphs of my article in the new issue of Early Science and Medicine, "The Government of the Body".
Delighted that John Milbank finds The Innocence of Pontius Pilate to be "a fascinating treatment of how interpretations of the trial of Jesus have greatly informed Western understandings of law, of religion and of the secular".
The first review of my next book is in. According to an eminent legal historian, it is "an original, compelling contribution that brims with erudition. A work of real sweep and ambition." Gratifying to hear!
"The world was quite old in Homer's times, and the East quite cultured." - Claude Fleury, Les Mœurs des Israélites (Paris, 1681). Cit. G. G. Stroumsa, A New Science: The Discovery of Religion in the Age of Reason (Cambridge, Mass. 2010), 56.
A young African philosopher, Synesius of Cyrene (died ca 414), planning a trip to Athens, & complaining to his brother about how insufferable provincials are when they come back from Athens: "They differ in no way from us ordinary mortals. They do not understand Aristotle and Plato better than we, but nevertheless they go about… Continue reading “They differ in no way from us ordinary mortals”
"The only way to make a reasonably comfortable home for ourselves on this earth, is to humbly include the absurd in our calculations." - Friedrich Dürrenmatt, The Pledge (1958), ch. 28
"Claustropolis or Cosmopolis? A society of enforced seclusion or a society of forcible control? Actually, the dilemma itself seems illusory, with the temporal compression of instantaneity and the ubiquity of the age of the information revolution." - Paul Virilio, The Original Accident (Cambridge, 2007), 68 (text compressed)
"Wind is a rush of air which changes its name as it changes place." - Mansur, aka John of Damascus, De Fide Orthodoxa II 8
This has a weirdly contemporary feel. "Of the future both the angels & demons are alike ignorant; yet they make predictions." - Mansur, aka John of Damascus, De Fide Orthodoxa II 4