The West

Western Civilization, Western Tradition, History of the West

What David Bowie's Childhood Can Teach Us About Madness

What David Bowie's Childhood Can Teach Us About Madness

Bowie’s family was plagued by insanity. 

Book Learning Is Not Enough

Book Learning Is Not Enough

Experience is also an important teacher.

Karl Popper Quotes to Make you Think

Karl Popper Quotes to Make you Think

Today would have been his 114th birtdhay. 

Is Social Media Tearing Us Apart?

Is Social Media Tearing Us Apart?

It’s not 1968, but it sure feels like it is. Is social media to blame?

What the ancient Greeks would have thought of Donald Trump

What the ancient Greeks would have thought of Donald Trump

Trump’s behavior and appearance would be viewed as indicating a severe excess of yellow bile – a terrible imbalance of humor.

Teacher: Students Crave Ethics Instruction

Teacher: Students Crave Ethics Instruction

High school English teacher Paul Barnwell made two interesting observations yesterday.

Is Free Will an Illusion?

Is Free Will an Illusion?

The scholarship dealing with free will is outrageously messy. 

Brutal Reviews of Shakespeare from the 1600s

Brutal Reviews of Shakespeare from the 1600s

These reviews of 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' and 'Hamlet' are not kind.

Students Today: Minds without ‘Furniture’

Students Today: Minds without ‘Furniture’

Don't expect them to answer basic questions about their own civilization. 

Is Capitalism Good for the Poor?

Is Capitalism Good for the Poor?

For most of human history, we lived in a world of a few haves and lots of have-nots.

Moral philosophy is not dead yet

Moral philosophy is not dead yet

Moral antirealism might turn out to be true, but it’s not just obviously true.

Daniel Webster’s Secret to Intellectual Growth

Daniel Webster’s Secret to Intellectual Growth

Surprisingly, it's not reading.
 

If the Constitution Was Written Like Campus Speech Codes

If the Constitution Was Written Like Campus Speech Codes

It might have went down something like this ...

Science versus Scientism

Science versus Scientism

The problem with scientism is that it tends to be prejudiced and therefore not very scientific.

Can Chess Improve Student Behavior?

Can Chess Improve Student Behavior?

A new study - and a revered expert - seem to suggest that the answer is yes.

Did 'high ideals' survive the Great War?

Did 'high ideals' survive the Great War?

The casualties of the first world war went beyond the loss of life.

The Origin of the Term 'Dark Ages'

The Origin of the Term 'Dark Ages'

Here's the first instance of it ever being used. 

6 ways Stoicism can help today's leaders

6 ways Stoicism can help today's leaders

The ancient philosophy is more relevant today than you might think.

Pliny's 'Natural History' Offers Odd Home Remedies

Pliny's 'Natural History' Offers Odd Home Remedies

Rome’s famous natural historian offered some, er, unusual cures for various ailments.

Shakespeare: More Beneficial than Self-Help Books?

Shakespeare: More Beneficial than Self-Help Books?

Are we ignoring Shakespeare to our detriment?

10 Phrases We Use Today That Originated In The Middle Ages

10 Phrases We Use Today That Originated In The Middle Ages

Some of our most popular phrases have a long history, including some that go back to the Middle Ages.

Why You Should Watch this Censored Nazi Propaganda Film

Why You Should Watch this Censored Nazi Propaganda Film

The cult of leadership has consequences.

‘Vital Campus Dialogue is Being Snuffed Out’

‘Vital Campus Dialogue is Being Snuffed Out’

In a new mini documentary produced by We The Internet, former Brown University student Rob Montz visits his alma mater to ask an increasingly relevant question: “Is the university killing free speech and open debate?”

10 Insults from Ancient Rome (in English and Latin)

10 Insults from Ancient Rome (in English and Latin)

'You are the stench of a low-life latrine.'

What the Founding Fathers Got Wrong

What the Founding Fathers Got Wrong

America's Founding Fathers got a lot right, but they made some mistakes along the way.

What would Socrates do?

What would Socrates do?

What the trial of Socrates teaches us about cheating--and the difference between winning and greatness. 

When Religious Freedom and Gender Equality Collide

When Religious Freedom and Gender Equality Collide

Should a student’s freedom of conscience take precedence over a teacher’s rights? (This is not a hypothetical question.)

Is Western Civilization ‘Superior’?

Is Western Civilization ‘Superior’?

Rep. Steve King made this claim last night, and it's generated a lot of controversy.

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