As of April 10th, 2012, Larvatus Prodeo is no longer publishing new entries. You can read more details on the farewell post, which is open to comments until April 30th. LP was resurrected for the 2013 election season, but has now gone back into retirement.

Below is the original explanation of the purpose of this back-up blog.

We come here when our main blog has server woes and gets the hiccups. If there haven’t been any posts on this site for a while, that means that the LP-proper is working. Yay!

Larvatus Prodeo is an Australian group blog which discusses politics, sociology, culture, life, religion and science from a left of centre perspective.Larvatus Prodeo was founded by Mark Bahnisch, but as his PhD commitments mounted he called for guest posters to pick up the slack — and enjoyed it so much he asked them all to stay on as permanent bloggers.

The title of the blog is inspired by Rene Descartes:

Maritain explains: “In the juvenilia of Descartes we find the phrase Larvatus prodeo. ‘Like an actor wearing a mask, I come forward, masked, on the stage of the world.’ […] It will be for the masked philosopher to unmask the sciences and to make their continuity and their unity appear with their beauty” (The Dream of Descartes, 41, 92 n.25). The phrase also refers to the precautions Descartes took not to offend the authorities with his new philosophical systems.

The quote is sourced from a site annotating William Gaddis’ The Recognitions authored by Steven Moore.

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