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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America’s ‘Hostility to Reading’ - 4 Reasons for it

Does America have a reading deficiency? It depends on whom you ask. Those optimistic about our country’s reading prowess may point to the fact that 74% of Americans read at least one book in the past 12 months, or that book revenues in America...

How Relativism Contradicts Itself

It’s often pointed out that relativism is becoming more prevalent in the West. In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI claimed that the West was building “a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal...

Postmodernism: The Philosophy Behind ‘Identity Politics’

In The Art of War, Sun Tzu writes, “If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles.” Many of you consider yourself enemies of the prevalent “identity politics” that are causing so much strife and...

Why Most Students No Longer Read the ‘Great Books’

For about a hundred years now, various educators have tried to promote a return to the study of the “Great Books” in schools. But they have largely failed to gain much traction.   “Great Books” is the name given to the so-called Western...

Not Everyone Can Handle the Truth

When it comes to arguing over differences on an important point, “saving your breath” on someone isn’t always an act of dismissiveness. In some cases, it’s probably an act of wisdom. The democratization of intellect in America has created the...

Dad’s Viral Post Sticks It to the Parent Haters

As a parent, one of my pet peeves is the parent haters. These are the people who would prefer that children never be seen nor heard in public, and they’ll jump at any chance they get to let parents know how much they’re inconveniencing them....

Most People Now 'Think' in Pictures

Like us, many of you are alarmed about the decline of rational thought in Western society. In his book The Humiliation of the Word, philosopher Jacques Ellul theorizes that a major cause of this decline is the fact that most people no longer...

Republicans Introduce Federal School Voucher Program

“While we were distracted by Trump, Republicans advanced these 9 terrifying bills.” That was the headline from March 4th’s Resistance Report, a left-leaning news site. One of the so-called “terrifying bills” is House Bill 610, which would...

Why People Should Stop Trying to 'Win' Arguments

Here are four characteristics I consistently see in those who are masterful when they participate in an argument: 1) They listen. Before the other person finishes speaking, a lot of arguers are already busy focusing on their counteroffensive....

Mark Cuban Predicts the No. 1 Job Skill in 10 Years

Billionaire software developer and investor Mark Cuban is known for playing the fool on the sidelines of Dallas Mavericks’ basketball games. But I actually think he’s a pretty smart guy, and have been impressed with his seeming level-headedness...

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