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Philosophy

Mark Twain and the Morality of Huckleberry Finn

October 5, 2021

Huck was wrought by his conscience believing that freeing his friend, Jim, was a crime. He is humane enough to sense that condemning people to chattel slavery cannot be right. And yet, his Victorian morality dictates that he do so. […]

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Philosophy

The Manichean Dualism of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

October 5, 2021

The most surprising element of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address was the lack of blame game. He believed both the South and the North to be equally complicit when it came to the sin of slavery. He saw it as a theodicy question about the justness of God and saw the civil war as a theological punishment. […]

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