Wednesday, February 02, 2011

A Question About Egypt's "Regime Change"

It's likely that Fr. James Schall, SJ, is the best Catholic political philosopher extant.

So when he asks a question, it's worth posting.

This heady view of how to deal with the widely diversified regimes that actually exist in the world eliminates the questions of truth from politics. It views truth as the cause of political turmoil. But the solution to the problem presented by Muslim regimes is not to make them all relativists, but to confront much more directly the truth of their claims.

...This reflection forces us to ask ourselves whether we have not changed our own regime away from the pursuit of virtue and truth to such a degree that we are no longer able to confront regimes on the basis of the order or disorder of soul that they reveal in their actions and constitutions.

Revealing Schall's affinity for Socrates and that other 'Truth-guy.'

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