Searching for Our Human Face: The Subversion of Pagan Sacrifice

Eclectic Orthodoxy

by Brian C. Moore, Ph.D.

calypso.jpg~original.jpegIn Martha Nussbaum’s The Fragility of Goodness and then in Love’s Knowledge, there is an attempt to limn the qualities of excellence and the nature of choice that confront human being. In the latter work, there is a memorable monograph where Nussbaum juxtaposes two possible loves. Odysseus is on the island of Ogygia, beloved by the goddess, Calypso. She is beautiful and life is serene, pleasant, full of lovemaking, beaches, careless, languid repose. Yet Odysseus grieves. He pines for the mortal woman Penelope, though she cannot match the goddess for beauty and Ithaca like all human dwellings, is shadowed by risk, death, and decay. Ogygia offers no opportunity for Odysseus to exercise his wit, to struggle with obstacles and in overcoming them exhibit his own excellence. One sees in Nussbaum’s analysis an instance of the modern critique of transcendence. The goddess is beautiful, but…

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4 Responses to Searching for Our Human Face: The Subversion of Pagan Sacrifice

  1. David Abshear says:

    Dear Fr. Kimel,
    These blog post are quite fascinating. I have read several searching for our human face series, but I was wondering if these are stand alone blogs, or is there a beginning point we should start from. Please advise, as to which one we should begin with.
    Thank you so much for your work as well, I read your blog just about daily, very edifying, and humbling.
    David Abshear

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  2. Fr Aidan Kimel says:

    David, you definitely want to start with “We Are All in Exile” and then read them in order. You’ll find a hyperlink at the bottom of each page to the next article in the series.

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