September 2009 Review

A brief recap of things I wrote on during September 2009.

I started the month with two pieces in reaction to rereading Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard. The first on the difficulty of faith and the second on the stages of psychological and spiritual development.

Two articles on economics prompted some thoughts on the link between money and producerism and the rhetoric of consumerism and choice. Too often the latter becomes a substitute for public and political choice.

I cleared out an old entry to list my top 7 favorite scholars.

I mused on postmodernism and intellectual decline after reading Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History by Margaret MacMillan and discussing it with some fellow scholars.

Finally I wrapped up the month with reports on two recent events I attended: a talk by Dane Smith on investing in Minnesota students and a discussion by Harry Boyte on expertise and the knowledge wars.