Daniel Lattier

Daniel Lattier

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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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The Pros and Cons of Small-Town Living

Over 80% of Americans now live in urban areas. But a growing number of those who do wonder if they should pack it in and migrate to smaller towns.    Gracy Olmstead at the American Conservative weighs the pros and cons of this...

Why People Today Get So Angry about Politics

I frequently wonder why so many people today get so angry at those who share different opinions on politics. Well, I think it’s because our culture has come to see anger, at least in this case, as a virtue. A sentiment that pervades our...

The Science of Why People Don’t Listen to Facts

You know something is true—for example, that vaccines are good for children, or that socialism doesn’t work. You’ve done the research, you’ve carefully weighed the arguments against your position and found them wanting, and you’ve diligently...

Does All Rational Thought Involve ‘Faith’?

It has become common—even among most religious people—to assume that there is a vast gulf between reason and faith. Reason is seen as some sort of neutral, unbiased tool that men and women can use to arrive at truth, or perhaps only what some...

Why So Many ‘Tolerant’ People Are Actually Intolerant

It’s become common to point out that those who most preach “tolerance” are often themselves highly “intolerant.” But why is that? As University of Texas professor and ethics expert J. Budziszewski explains, it may have a lot to do with...

Partisan Politics is Propaganda

This morning’s Drudge Report has a rather ominous headline: The headline is in reference to the so-called “nuclear option” that Senate Republicans may deploy in trying to get Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court. Currently, 60 votes...

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...

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