Political Theology in the Bible: An Exegesis

The account of human life offered in the Bible is radically different from the writings of Plato and Aristotle in classical antiquity. In the Bible, an infinitely distant God creates the world and then places humans in it. He is an artisan and a poet -He speaks life into existence. However, the account of His … Continue reading Political Theology in the Bible: An Exegesis

Perception in Aristotle’s On The Soul

Aristotle's On The Soul (or "De Anima" as the Latins transcribed it) addresses the question of what it means to be alive. It explores the self-organization of all natural and living things, from the perspective and perception of an observer. The text is a qualified addendum to the Physics, and its corollary is a short treatise … Continue reading Perception in Aristotle’s On The Soul

Aristotelian Mimesis: The Conflict Between the Friar and the Summoner

In the "General Prologue," Chaucer describes the Summoner. He has a 'fire-red face cherubim's face' that is pimpled and disfigured. He is a lecherous man whose hair is falling out, and the mere sight of him brings fear into the hearts of children. He is a drinker of strong wines, and he is a bit … Continue reading Aristotelian Mimesis: The Conflict Between the Friar and the Summoner

The Wife of Bath’s Tale: Autobiography and Arthurian Parody

The Wife of Bath is the most famous albeit the most troubling character in Chaucerian literature. As with other storytellers in The Canterbury Tales, we are given only her title at first: the "Wife of Bath." Later we learn her name is Alysoun, and sometimes she goes by "Aly" (recall that she shares a name … Continue reading The Wife of Bath’s Tale: Autobiography and Arthurian Parody