Daniel Lattier

Daniel Lattier

Senior Fellow

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Dan is a Senior Fellow at 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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An Overlooked Cause of Rome’s Decline

There’s a general feeling out there that America is in decline. This feeling has been accompanied by numerous comparisons between modern America and what has become the famous prototype of all societal decline: Ancient Rome. When we hear about...

Why People Fall for Fake History

Students of the modern education system usually receive some version of the following historical tale of the West, aptly summarized by scholar David Bentley Hart: “Once upon a time… Western humanity was the cosseted and incurious ward of Mother...

Is Complaining about Society a Waste of Time?

There are a growing number of conservatives who, similar to their progressive counterparts, have identified capitalism as the source of a great many evils in modern society. As the argument goes, unchecked freedom in the economic realm has led to...

The Democratic Fallacy (No, Not That One)

In the increasingly partisan atmosphere of America, some might hear “democratic fallacy” and immediately assume that it’s an insult directed toward supporters of the Democratic Party and its platform. However, it’s actually a real logical fallacy...

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 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...

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