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September 18, 2007


John Gorentz

Thanks for that explanation. I am not familiar with the works of most of those writers you tell about, but those are somewhat familiar concepts -- where I picked them up over the years, I'm not sure. Your last paragraph tells me that maybe I really do understand some of what you're saying. Thanks.


Very nice, but isn't this analysis of the interconnection of a Weberian nihilism (at least as Strauss views it) and therapeutic religiosity and consumerism already in chapter 3 of Alasdair Macintyre's "After Virtue."


Isn't "truant's freedom" Augustine's phrase? It's been years since I picked up Democracy in America, but I don't remember that being in there.

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