Circling the wagons or opening the circle

Circling the Wagons or Opening the Circle For Dialog https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/dial.12614 By Marcia Pally, New York University, mp28@nyu.edu Abstract: “To approach eudaimonia or human flourishing,” Darcia Narvaez writes, “one must have a concept of human nature, a realization of what constitutes a normal baseline.” Beginning with the notion of “baseline” or ontology, this article asks: what […]

Our post-pandemic future: What basics should be its basis?

Our post-pandemic future: What basics should be its basis? By Marcia Pally Religion & Ethics, May 24, 2020   What is needed to effect a change in our socio-economic and environmental practices? By what principles should we proceed after the pandemic, and toward which ends?  When the telephone was first introduced into general use, there […]

More than a Resource: Covenant as a Basis for Societal Organization

More than a Resource: Covenant as a Basis for Societal Organization By Prof. Dr. Marcia Pally in: Religion and Democracy: Challenges and Resources in a Public Theological Perspective Torsten Meireis and Rolf Schieder (Eds., 2017), pp. 71-87 Introduction Of human thriving, the neurobiologist Darcia Narvaez writes, “To approach eudaimonia or human flourishing, one must have a […]

Recovering Relationality: From ‘Selfish Gene’ to ‘Hyper-Cooperative Species’

Recovering Relationality: From the ‘Selfish Gene’ to a ‘Hyper-Cooperative Species’ By Marcia Pally Religion and Ethics, 5 Apr 2016 In the summative speech of the film Margin Call, Jeremy Irons, playing the fictional head of a collapsing Lehman Brothers-type investment house, unconcernedly quips that these sorts of booms and busts have been with us since the […]

A “social imaginary” of the commons: Its ontology and politics

A “social imaginary” of the commons: Its ontology and politics by Marcia Pally and Adrian Pabst Abstract: This article suggests that the political and socio-economic difficulties burdening advanced economies, a factor as well in recent populist surges, are best addressed not only by political and economic theory but through a more primary understanding of how […]

Relational Views of Humanness: The Reciprocity of Ontos and Telos

Relational Views of Humanness: The Reciprocity of Ontos and Telos By Marcia Pally Studies in Christian Ethics (2019, May 3), pp. 1-11. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0953946819847958 Introduction                       Neurobiologist Darcia Narvaez, in her award-winning Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality, suggests that, “To approach eudaimonia or human flourishing, one must have a concept of human nature, a realization of what […]

“Peculiar Relations of Affectability”: Peirce and Royce as resources for the philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr.

“Peculiar Relations of Affectability”: Peirce and Royce as resources for the philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr. By Marcia Pally Telos Journal: special edition on Martin Luther King Jr. telos Spring 2018 vol. 2018 no. 182 161-182 doi: 10.3817/0318182161 Ken Johnson, editor This article is about the philosophical and theological groundings of Martin Luther King Jr.’s […]

‘The Invention of the Antichrist’: Karl Barth and Erich Przywara

‘The Invention of the Antichrist’: Karl Barth, Erich Przywara, & The Analogy of Being By Marcia Pally Commonweal, December 14, 2018  https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/-invention-antichrist In the 1920s and ’30s, Karl Barth, the renowned Swiss Reformed theologian, began what became a decades-long critique of the important Polish-German Jesuit, Erich Przywara. But with the rise of fascism, their disagreement soon reached […]

Theologies of Relationality: A Response to Economic and Political Binary Choices

Theologies of Relationality: A Response to Economic and Political Binary Choices by Marcia Pally   Presented at The Seventh Annual Telos Conference, New York, February 15–17, 2013; published on TELOSscope, March 1, 2013. I’d like to begin with the idea that religion is not only useful for social service provision and various charities but that it has ideas that […]

Our artificial individualism needs to be re-embedded in communities

Our artificial individualism needs to be re-embedded in communities By Marcia Pally ABC RELIGION AND ETHICS 10 OCT 2012 BEING FORCED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN SEPARABILITY OR SITUATEDNESS, BETWEEN INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM OR COMMUNITY AND TRADITION, LEADS THE WEST TO THE WORST OF ITSELF. Has the West lost its pizzazz – its gravitas, ability to guide, its […]