On Russian Literature, and Western Minds

Editor’s Note: The ‘Book Notes’ series presents short-form analysis of specific authors, books, or literary trends. While shorter than our typical essays, the point is to provide the reader with brief, substantial thoughts. Russian Literature is both fascinating and daunting to the Western reader. Even Westerners who read and enjoy Russian literature tend to find themselves somewhat confounded by…

How to deal with smug critics

The Medievals referred to Philosophy as the handmaiden of Theology. In their view, Theology was the more important of the two, because it laid down important incontrovertible truths, while Philosophy merely analyzed the secondary truths of nature. It wasn’t that the Medievals thought Philosophy was unimportant; they just realized its proper place. The same sort of hierarchy…