Vern Walker

Apprenticeship in Pacifism
Or What to Do with Practical Advice?

As was passed on by a twentieth century monk named Thomas Merton, himself living a secluded life in the Abby of Gethsemane in Kentucky, we have this saying, which is only one of many sayings that came out of the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, Arabia and Persia during the fourth century: “Another brother asked the …
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Indecent Exposures:
A Personal Introduction (As It Usually Is)

I have come to discover that this time of writing my dissertation is one in which I am in constant need of inspiration. Yet in my experience so far, it seems to be a peculiar kind of inspiration: instead of showing me the answers, it usually complicates the problem of my work. For that, however …
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The Poverty of Pacifism

In 1972, the French journal L’Arc published a conversation between Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault entitled “Intellectuals and Power,” wherein they discuss the changing relation between theory and practice. There, Foucault says: “The intellectual’s role is no longer to place himself “somewhat ahead and to the side” in order to express the stifled truth of …
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