Daniel Lattier

Daniel Lattier

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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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The Myth of the Pagan Origins of Christmas

It’s generally accepted that early Christians adopted December 25th as the day of Christ’s birth to co-opt the pagan celebration of the winter solstice. Some believe this fact undermines Christianity. But according to Professor William Tighe,...

Why the Straw Man Fallacy Is Everywhere Today

Straw men are easy to push over. So are people’s arguments when we oversimplify them, reducing them to a flimsy caricature of what their proponents actually mean. Hence the name for this particular logical fallacy: the straw man fallacy....

The Disenchantment of the Modern Professor

As demonstrated by some of the responses to my blog post—“Why Professors Are Writing Crap That Nobody Reads”—today’s academics can be a sensitive bunch. Most professors seemed to agree with me that much—not all—of academic research today is...

5 Causes of the Protestant Reformation (Besides Indulgences)

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther purportedly nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church, thus marking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation—a movement that was to permanently divide Western Christendom. But it’s...

The Prejudice of Naïve Optimism

Do you know people like this? If someone offers a critique of the local sports team, they’ll predictably jump in to say that the team is fine and there’s nothing to worry about. If someone expresses frustration with another person, they’ll see...

The Ethical Principle of ‘Epikeia’

It’s 2 a.m. and Claire has been stuck at a red light for five minutes. She knows that it’s against the law to run a red light. However, no other cars are in sight, and it seems ridiculous to wait for the light to turn green. Should she run the red...

Philosopher: ‘Having Children is Immoral’

It’s widely believed that the beginning of the Hippocratic Oath—history’s most famous medical document—states “First, do no harm.” It actually doesn’t. Nevertheless, this sentiment is the driving principle behind philosophy professor David...

Economist: A ‘Great Reset’ is Coming to America

Americans have become afraid of change. That’s the seemingly counterintuitive observation of Tyler Cowen’s newly released book, The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Change. Cowen is an economics professor at George...

Orwell: ‘History Stopped in 1936’ (and Everything Since Is Propaganda)

Most people are familiar with the plot of the The Matrix. The 1999 film portrays a dystopian future where the “reality” that people inhabit is actually a simulation created by machines intent on subjugating the human race. The film has continued...

‘It Begs the Question’—How to Actually Use That Phrase

“It begs the question…” Most people use this phrase to mean the equivalent of “It raises the question” or “It invites the question”. For instance, in a tee-up to their “news” story last month that Ivanka Trump still calls our president “Daddy”,...

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