Daniel Lattier

Daniel Lattier

Senior Fellow

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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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Why It's Best to Focus on Fixing Yourself

“Acquire a peaceful spirit, and then thousands of others around you will be saved.” This statement was made by St. Seraphim of Sarov, a Russian Orthodox monk who lived in the 18th and 19th centuries. And though it was addressed to a Christian...

Author: ‘Modern Civilization Is A Universal Conspiracy Against All Interior Life’

I came across a quote on Facebook the other day whose profundity struck me and several others. Here it is: “You understand absolutely nothing about modern civilization unless you first admit that it is a universal conspiracy against all...

Did the Catholic Church Invent Propaganda?

“The Church created propaganda.” This is the charge leveled by French philosopher and sociologist Jacques Ellul in his 1964 book The Technological Society, which now has the infamous distinction of being Unabomber Ted Kaczynski’s favorite...

A Modest Proposal to Break Up Higher Ed

Many today regard America’s college system as broken, and would like to see it broken up. As the argument goes, too many kids are being pushed toward college only to receive a substandard education that leaves them with a crushing amount of debt...

Notre Dame Prof Calls Higher Ed Today ‘Bullshit’

Every week it seems like we hear from a professor who has become disillusioned with the higher education system. The latest one is Christian Smith, professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame. Last week, his jeremiad against the modern...

Can Something Be 'Good' or 'Great', Even If You Hate It?

I don’t really care for C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. I sympathize with the allegory Lewis was trying to present throughout the series, but I felt that it was too overt in places, and took away from the overall narrative. To me, it was...

The 10 Habits of Logical People

Becoming a logical person is not just a matter of memorizing and applying formulas, or learning how to tell the difference between a valid and an invalid syllogism. Rather, it involves cultivating intellectual habits and skills that, though they may...

William of Ockham: The Man Who Started the Decline of the West

In modern accounts of the decline of the West, it’s become common to blame one man in particular for starting that decline: William of Ockham, a 14th-century Franciscan monk and philosopher. Those of you who have heard of William of Ockham (...

The Best Argument for Atheism

David Bentley Hart is one of the foremost Christian apologists and prose stylists of our age. Perhaps his most popular work is Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies, which contains a critique of many of the bad...

Way Too Many Books Are Being Published

In the past week, I’ve seen online a number of lists bearing some title to the effect of “Best Books I Read in 2017.” I somewhat enjoy looking at these lists, both for their recommendations, and for the windows they provide into their composers...

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