Category Archives: Kelvin Knight

Luther & Labor

By clearly differentiating the concept of spiritual faith from that of earthly works, and by making one’s faith a precondition of the goodness of one’s works, Luther deradicalized the medieval distinction between concepts of works and of toil.  Work, of

Luther & Labor

By clearly differentiating the concept of spiritual faith from that of earthly works, and by making one’s faith a precondition of the goodness of one’s works, Luther deradicalized the medieval distinction between concepts of works and of toil.  Work, of

No Solidarity Allowed

The ideology of civic aristocracy that legitimated this political transaction depoliticized the guilds.  Civic humanists theorized an anti-collectivist kind of republicanism, in which people could participate only as individuals and not as members or representatives of society’s functional parts.  To

No Solidarity Allowed

The ideology of civic aristocracy that legitimated this political transaction depoliticized the guilds.  Civic humanists theorized an anti-collectivist kind of republicanism, in which people could participate only as individuals and not as members or representatives of society’s functional parts.  To

Aquinas on Poverty, Virtue, and Politics

Aquinas regarded poverty as a political matter, arguing that human law should accord with natural law in trumping any right to private property with the rightness of life. […] For both Albertus and Aquinas, poverty is no bar to the

Aquinas on Poverty, Virtue, and Politics

Aquinas regarded poverty as a political matter, arguing that human law should accord with natural law in trumping any right to private property with the rightness of life. […] For both Albertus and Aquinas, poverty is no bar to the

Our Only Shared Morality

What is made true by this ideological success — as well as by ‘power and money’ — is not participative citizens collectively ruling themselves but subjects attributing ‘democracy’ to the state, accepting that they are morally obliged to obey its

Our Only Shared Morality

What is made true by this ideological success — as well as by ‘power and money’ — is not participative citizens collectively ruling themselves but subjects attributing ‘democracy’ to the state, accepting that they are morally obliged to obey its

Preferential Option

It is with those whose actions are most immediately and constantly constrained by material need who most keenly understand self-estrangement and desire its end, and it is those who labour who are likely to have most insight into how best

Preferential Option

It is with those whose actions are most immediately and constantly constrained by material need who most keenly understand self-estrangement and desire its end, and it is those who labour who are likely to have most insight into how best

What Morality is Not

Morality is not something to be separated from sensuous reality and then theorized a priori in some pure, idealized form.  It is not something that individuals, as social beings, can or should autonomously impose on their own practice in consistent

What Morality is Not

Morality is not something to be separated from sensuous reality and then theorized a priori in some pure, idealized form.  It is not something that individuals, as social beings, can or should autonomously impose on their own practice in consistent