Michael Liccione

Michael Liccione

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Michael Liccione earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and his BA in philosophy and religion from Columbia University. He has taught in a number of institutions, mostly Catholic, including the Catholic University of America, the University of St. Thomas (Houston), and Guilford Technical Community College.

His conventional publications have appeared in The Thomist, First Things, National Review, and Christifideles; his personal blog is Sacramentum Vitae.

Recent blog posts by this author

The Sexual Revolution That Needs to Happen, But Won't

Adults of a certain age know that something called “the sexual revolution” happened in the 1960s, soon after the anovulant birth-control pill was invented and marketed. As liberal religion writer Elizabeth Bruenig puts it in an interesting new...

Why Liberalism and Conservatism Are BOTH Unsustainable

In American politics, liberalism and conservatism are assumed to be contrary poles defining the normal political options. But it’s rightly been observed that conservatism, in its standard American form, is really just an older form of liberalism...

Philosophy Prof Argues Human Nature Doesn't Exist. Commits Logical Fallacy

In this new article for Aeon, Ronnie de Sousa, professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Toronto, argues that the facts of evolution entail that “there is no such thing as human nature.” Instead, what we are is what we make of ourselves...

Can We Say That Anyone Is Definitely 'Rotting in Hell'?

Many people, even non-believers, know that “canonizing” somebody means naming them a saint. It’s the (Catholic or Orthodox) Church proclaiming—usually after an elaborate process of investigation requiring evidence of miracles as well as holiness—...

The Two Biggest Weaknesses of Millennials' Education

It’s heartening to see an educator do what law professor Adam J. MacLeod describes doing in a recent article entitled “Undoing the Dis-Education of Millennials.” At a certain level, teaching best starts with un-teaching. A disclaimer is in order...

How Americans Are Becoming ‘Idiots’… Literally

Get this: “In April 2015, Amazon’s best-selling book in the United States was not the recipient of a Booker Prize, a Nobel Prize, or a Pulitzer Prize. It was not even a work of literature; it was an adult coloring book by Johanna Basford. In...

Scholar: ‘Human Dignity’ Rare Before Christianity

In the modern West, we generally take for granted that human persons have an inherent dignity and worth that forms the basis for human rights. The very first clause of the preamble to the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads: “Whereas...

Surgeon: More People Requesting Sex Change Reversals (But No One's Talking About It)

Professor Miroslav Djordjevic, “the world-leading genital reconstructive surgeon,” has helped many people “transition” from living as a member of one sex to living as a member of the other. But now he finds that he’s getting more and more...

Stanford Prof on How to Recognize and Deal With A**holes

Sooner or later, we all have to deal with them. At times, most of us even act like one. But few believe that being one is a good thing. So how do we deal with assholes and avoid being one? Apparently, that is now the topic of serious academic...

Study: Liberals Deny Science just as much as Conservatives

Liberals often lament that conservatives are “deniers” of this-or-that scientific result, such as evolution or anthropocentric climate change. And there is some truth to this charge. Many Americans who identify as conservatives do deny that most...

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