Daniel Lattier

Daniel Lattier

Vice President

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Dan is the Vice President of Intellectual Takeout. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas (MN), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can find his academic work at Academia.edu.

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Recent blog posts by this author

How Teachers Are Doing Violence to Books

My friend’s daughter attends a local school with a classical curriculum, where they are now reading Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Many people would hear this and immediately laud the school for its rigor and devotion to the Great Books...

The Mob Grows in Strength...

The herd mentality. The susceptibility to propaganda. The philistine disdain for higher ideals. The inability to calmly entertain and discuss ideas. The loss of virtue. Many of us are troubled by these trends that we see in society today, for...

'Classical Education' Today Isn't Very Classical

The number of schools that offer a “classical education” is growing. It’s believed by many to offer a more rigorous alternative to the standard curriculum offered by the education system today. But most people still view classical education as...

Not Everyone Has the Same Capacity for Learning

In America, since the first half of the 19th century, much energy has been expended on offering education to all citizens. At first, this desire for universal education was for an education in the basics. It gave birth to the Common School...

No, Not Everyone Is Entitled to Their Opinion

It’s commonly believed today that “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.” What nonsense. Where does this “entitlement” regarding opinions come from? Who has bestowed it? The statement is a decidedly modern one. No person until very...

Nobody Knows Where the Word ‘Religion’ Comes From

In English, “religion” is the most common, catch-all term to refer to any organized group that worships a higher power. It is at the center of some of modernity’s most-heated controversies on the subjects of freedom, reason, morality, culture,...

Did Plato Get His Ideas from the Bible?

T.S. Eliot once wrote that “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.” If that’s the case, then according to some influential past authorities, Plato was a “mature poet” when it comes to his ideas on God and creation. The other day I was...

Christians: Those Who Criticize ‘Religion’ May Have a Point

On the Intellectual Takeout Facebook page, we see a lot of commenters who are not only a-religious, but anti-religious. Sorry to say, but I’ve found that most of those who are anti-religious are intellectually unimpressive. Most of their retorts...

How to Avoid Pointless Reading

One of the funniest, but also most painful-to-watch, parts of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is in the Wichita hotel, when Steve Martin’s character has reached the boiling point with John Candy’s character, and finally unloads on him in a classic...

Viral Video: Author Explains What’s Wrong with Millennials

Personally, I’m not someone who likes to spend time criticizing millennials for their reputedly bad attitudes at work. It’s not that I think that individual millennials don’t bear any responsibility for the traits they’ve come to be associated...

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