Solitary Ethics Trilogy

The poetic trilogy Solitary Ethics is an exploration of ethical and moral considerations. Book I deals with right action in the context of the experience of the individual will; Book II, in the context of the absolute nature of the essence of being; and Book III in the context of human desire guided by reason. The trilogy…

Caravaggio's Dagger

Caravaggio’s Dagger – A Pursuit of Right Action – Hendrik Slegtenhorst (2013)

Do we, then, find ourselves unable to know how to act ethically in our society — a society that glorifies money and global trade to make the rich richer, that deposits the poor at the outermost edges of community, that stands aside as our heritage disintegrates, that funds wars that dislocate peoples and destroy countries, that supports beliefs steeped…

The Flaying of St. Bartholomew - Jaume Huguet 1412-1492

Public Execution – Bodies of the Soul, from Caravaggio’s Dagger 6.1

The indifference to others’ mortal pain, to the point of preference for the spectacle of it being inflicted, and also the schism between belief and persecution, are the subjects of the poem, which opens the concluding Taxonomy of my 2013 book Caravaggio’s Dagger. This concluding Taxonomy, in a work whose theme is a pursuit of right action, examines how the artistry…