Philosophy

Young Americans Suffer From the Burden of Low Moral Expectations

Young Americans Suffer From the Burden of Low Moral Expectations

American culture today demands so little from young people in terms of moral expectations. It's time to realize they're capable of much more than we ask for.

Why Transhumanists’ Quest for Earthly Immortality is Misguided

Why Transhumanists’ Quest for Earthly Immortality is Misguided

A classic children's novel questions the central tenant of transhumanism. 

The Root of Our Troubles

The Root of Our Troubles

Plato's Republic sheds profound light on the real problem.

C.S. Lewis on How to Be Yourself

C.S. Lewis on How to Be Yourself

When faced with a challenge, most of us have received advice to “just be yourself.” Those offering advice have good intentions, but are rather misled.

The Reincarnation of America’s Most Infamous Dead Mall

The Reincarnation of America’s Most Infamous Dead Mall

We don’t need ideology. We need ideas.

Why Only Villains Are Running for President

Why Only Villains Are Running for President

All I saw were villains, saying predictable things and unwilling to learn and change.

When Nominalists Curl in the Squat Rack

When Nominalists Curl in the Squat Rack

If you see some barbarian curling in the squat rack, take action. You may be surprised how drastically you alter someone’s worldview.

Hacking Homo Sapiens

Hacking Homo Sapiens

True to form, Elon Musk has a new idea to improve humanity. But will it actually make us better?

Political Polarization Is About Feelings, Not Facts

Political Polarization Is About Feelings, Not Facts

The upcoming book, “Overdoing Democracy,” argues that polarization isn’t about where you get your news or how politicians are divided – it’s about how a person’s political identity is wrapped up with almost everything they do.

Is There a 'Catholic Case for Communism'?

Is There a 'Catholic Case for Communism'?

Communists killed millions of their citizens and severely persecuted Christians. I was thinking of all this because America, the magazine published by America’s Jesuits, recently featured an essay making “The Catholic Case for Communism.”

The Chinese Communist Party and Their Brave New World

The Chinese Communist Party and Their Brave New World

Aaron Sarin's "When the Lion Wakes" reveals harrowing truths about the Chinese Communist Party.  

Jordan Peterson’s Thinkspot Is a Welcome Social Media Option. Will It Work?

Jordan Peterson’s Thinkspot Is a Welcome Social Media Option. Will It Work?

Why Jordan Peterson's Thinkspot may become a refuge for dissenters.

The Bystander Effect: Myth or Fact?

The Bystander Effect: Myth or Fact?

Statistics show there may exist more Good Samaritans than many believe, thus forcing us to rethink the Bystander Effect. 

Three Lessons an Ancient Text Can Teach About Human Dignity

Three Lessons an Ancient Text Can Teach About Human Dignity

How much influence should an ancient text have on the way modern people lead their lives?

To Be Happy, First Be Pessimistic

To Be Happy, First Be Pessimistic

What if we're pursuing happiness the wrong way?

The Pursuit of Happiness Rightly Understood

The Pursuit of Happiness Rightly Understood

The right to the pursuit of happiness is coherent only in the full theological context of the Declaration of Independence.

Why 'Young Hearts' Tend Toward Socialism

Why 'Young Hearts' Tend Toward Socialism

Youthful idealism plays a role, but family and work experience are just as important.

Down With Yoga, Up With Baseball

Down With Yoga, Up With Baseball

If you want to effectively relieve stress, set aside the yoga mat, get out a couple mitts and a baseball, and play catch instead. 

 

‘I Am Mother’: Brainless Diversion… but With a Darker Point

‘I Am Mother’: Brainless Diversion… but With a Darker Point

Underneath its unoriginal premise, a Netflix show toys with the idea of giving the human race a complete reset. 

Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?

Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?

Most people have no idea how to incorporate logic into everyday argumentation.

‘I Want You to Panic,’ Said Greta, and Panic They Did

‘I Want You to Panic,’ Said Greta, and Panic They Did

Even if most of us are still using plastic drinking straws and driving gas-guzzlers, the words of the prophet from Stockholm have not fallen on dry ground.

Twelve Quotes from Leo Tolstoy on Truth, Violence, and Government

Twelve Quotes from Leo Tolstoy on Truth, Violence, and Government

Tolstoy is best remembered for his voluminous masterpiece novels, Anna Karenina and War and Peace. Yet, in quantity, at least, Tolstoy’s philosophical works rivaled his fiction.

What Saint Augustine Would Have Thought of Joel Osteen

What Saint Augustine Would Have Thought of Joel Osteen

These brilliant tweets highlight something important that Joel Osteen gets wrong.

A Balm for Our Pain: The Power of Words

A Balm for Our Pain: The Power of Words

What if words are all we have? What if they are one of the only shields left to absorb the hammer blows of our circumstances and failures?

How One Contrarian ‘Broke’ Jeopardy! and Won $1.7 Million

How One Contrarian ‘Broke’ Jeopardy! and Won $1.7 Million

James Holzhauer doesn't skirt the rules, he just plays unconventionally---a good tableau for life.

The Perils of an Open Mind

The Perils of an Open Mind

How often have you heard someone praised for having an open mind? Pretty often, I’d bet.

‘8 Mile’ and the Power of Logos

‘8 Mile’ and the Power of Logos

Given our society's current inability to engage in rational discourse, a renewed appreciation for the logos as a shared commitment to seeking and articulating truth could be our only hope.

How Totalitarians Force Confessions From Innocent People

How Totalitarians Force Confessions From Innocent People

George Orwell and Charles Dickens offer some disturbing insight into how totalitarianism works.

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