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 ‘Respectable’ Anti-Semitism of the Left

In the past two years, no less than three books on left-wing anti-Semitism have been published to generally favorable reviews: Dave Rich’s The Left’s Jewish Problem – Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-Semitism (September 2016); Antisemitism and the...

The Sexual Revolution’s Unwanted Progeny

A few months ago, I wrote about the sexual revolution that needs to happen, but won’t. Partly because the more powerful can, and often do, elicit grudging “consent” from the less powerful, seeing mutual consent as the sole moral criterion for sexual...

What’s Really Behind the Multiverse Theory

That there might be more than one universe, indeed infinitely many, seems at first to be more than a science-fiction fantasy. Respectable scientific cosmologists seriously posit and explore the hypothesis that there is a “multiverse.” But there’...

Are Progressives More Biased Than Conservatives?

It’s no secret that university faculties these days—at least in the humanities and social sciences—are overwhelmingly “progressive” in outlook. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, founder of Heterodox Academy, argues that such lack of political...

Why Identity Politics is Toxic for Everybody

Speakers invited to Hillsdale College have been hitting home runs lately. Two talks in particular poignantly diagnose the toxic effects of identity politics: one by University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax, who recounts her recent experience...

‘Critical Theory’ Needs a Good Critique

By now, almost everybody is familiar with the phenomenon of “social justice warriors”, a.k.a. SJWs. Originally it was a pejorative moniker, but it seems that its bearers have recently adopted it as a badge of honor. SJWs embrace a “critique” of...

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—...

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