Weekly series on the soul, Part 8

This better be Plato.
Plato used stories to communicate truth to his reader or listener at a deep level. (Even if his dialogues were conspicuously one-sided.)

Welcome to part 8 of our weekly series on the soul. We’ve been listening to Thomas Mirus interviewing James Matthew Wilson about his book, The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness and Beauty in the Western Tradition, part 6 and part 7 of our series. This week the podcast is subtitled Reason With Stories, Philosophize With Your Life and will be the end of the Wilson interviews, but our series on the soul will continue. I’ve already got some other texts, videos, etc, lined up for us. 

Now I’ve got some snacks and a fresh cup of hot tea. Yes, here in the American South one does have to specify. Joanna Bogle made fun of me for doing that when we spoke once for a few minutes in the parking lot at EWTN. She is so charming and fun. I was already a fan and after that, even more so. But I digress. (Mom, stop with the name-dropping already!) (I’m not name-dropping, Miss Lucy Dawg. Okay, I am, but—) (Mom!) (Okay, okay! Sheesh, everybody’s a critic.) Here we go. Notes and links at the end of this post.

Modernity elevated pure, abstract reasoning as the only way to know about reality. Reason having disenchanted everything else, modernity then became disenchanted with reason. The ascendancy of reason over superstitious myths was viewed by the postmodernists as just another myth to be exposed. — Catholic Culture Podcast, ep 65, Vision of the Soul

Video: Catholic Culture Podcast, Ep 65: Reason With Stories, Philosophize With Your Life.

Ep 65, audio. Their link says ep 64 but it also says part iii and points to the right page. At first I thought the typo was mine. I am the Queen of Typos, after all, and I speak fluent Typoese. (Whoever I swiped that from, thanks!)

It’s time to go back to seeing our lives and history itself as the intelligible stories they really are: to set mythos alongside logos as an essential way of apprehending truth—and then to go beyond both as words dissolve in silent contemplation of the One who told the story before it began. — Catholic Culture Podcast, ep 65, Vision of the Soul

That’s it for this week’s edition of the weekly series on the soul. Thanks for joining me and that you’re enjoying your visit. I’m off to the kitchen for more tea so I can work on another post. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, may the Lord bless you and keep you, and may the peace of Christ be always with you.

Links and Notes

  • Catholic Culture Podcast, Ep 65, audio or video.
  • Vision of the Soul: Paperback. Kindle (Affiliate links. See full disclosure below.)

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Annotated Table of Contents for the Weekly Series On the Soul.
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