DANIEL FINNERAN

History

An Introduction To Aristotle

Tell me, dear friend and reader: have you traveled lately? Have you thought deeply lately? Please—don’t withhold from me your answers. I know just how static and monotonous life can sometimes be. I know how inert and incurious we can sometimes get. If, to those two questions, you answered in the negative, here’s what I’ll …

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Wisdom Is The Mother Of All Good Things. And What Is The Highest Wisdom? To KNOW Yourself

The following is an essay/meditation from my sister project, Pneuma. If you’d like to listen to this meditation as a podcast, please visit my website, pneumameditations.com, or download Pneuma By Daniel Finneran on any of your favorite podcast platforms. Greetings my friends, and welcome to this episode of Pneuma. I’m your host, Daniel Finneran, and …

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The Declaration or The Constitution: Which Do You Prefer? My Thoughts on The Documents and A Review of Yoram Hazony’s “Conservatism: A Rediscovery”

It’s my habit, whenever I’m in conversation with someone of a strong and unconcealed political bent, from whom the gift of a sound civic education and a talent for an idea’s thoughtful expression haven’t been withheld, to ask him which of America’s two central documents, the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence, he regards more …

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Deep Thoughts About Sandwiches: John Montagu, Gambling Debts, and Reading Terminal Market

Unlike most of his corpulent countrymen, John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, spent more time at the gambling than at the dinner table.  A founding member of the notorious Hellfire Club, to which only the most refined rakes and well-born lechers in England were granted admittance, Montagu was, by any measure, an extraordinary man. …

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On Revolts and Revolutions: 18th-Century France and Modern China

Louis XVI: C’est une grande révolte!  La Rochefoucault-Liancourt: Non, Sire, c’est une grande révolution. Upon learning of the fall of the Bastille in the summer of 1789, Louis XVI—the hapless (and soon to be headless) French king against whom popular opinion in the country had long since turned—responded with one of the great understatements of …

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