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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Is Despondency the Disease of Our Modern Age?

We hear a lot about “depression” these days, but not much about “despondency” – a state characterized by low spirits and a loss of hope. It’s also known by a term even less frequently heard of today – acedia – which was traditionally listed as one...

The Kim Davis Saga Reminds Me of This Scene from "Thank You for Smoking"

Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, has been released from jail.   I was away on vacation for much of last week, so I didn't have a chance to comment on the Kim Davis saga. And by now,...

Does This Nietzsche Quote Describe What is Happening to America?

America was founded on the tradition of classical liberalism, which is a political philosophy emphasizing the freedom (“liberty” – hence, “liberalism”) of individuals. Its various pillars include freedom of religion, economic freedom, and limited...

Why Is Everyone's Stomach Hurting?

Food sensitivities abound, the colonoscopy business is thriving, and your buddy just gave up beer because it gives him abdominal pain. Seriously, what’s going on?!? The increased incidence of allergies and food sensitivities is mainly confined...

Houston, Do We Have a System Problem?

How does a society know when it's time for a new system? To approach an answer to that question, let’s start with a working definition of a system. Basically, a system is a group of interrelated activities or concepts that form a whole, or, have...

Can You Be Certain That Climate Change Is Caused by Man?

Last September, while in Alaska, President Obama re-emphasized the need to counteract the effects of climate change: “Climate change is no longer some far-off problem; it is happening here, it is happening now. We’re not acting fast enough...

Explaining the Suffering of Small Children

One of the perennially difficult questions for Christians to answer is how a good God can allow bad things to happen, how he can allow evil to exist. A standard Christian explanation is that people are supposed to trust that these evil things are...

Is Modern Man Suffering from a Lack of Passion?

It can be tempting to diagnose modern Western society as being hedonistic and intemperate with passion. Many perpetuate this diagnosis on the basis of such symptoms as the loosening of sexual mores, the prevalence of obesity, and the constant search...

Public School Teacher Has Been Late 111 Times in Two Years, Keeps Job

Public school teachers have some of the most envious job protections among any in the workforce. They receive tenure after only two or three years, which makes it extremely difficult and costly to fire them. The latest case in point: Arnold...

The Ancient Greeks Didn't Have Preschool

Nowadays there powerful lobbying efforts to increase government funding for preschool, and even to provide universal preschool. Since 1964, enrollment in preschool has dramatically increased: It is well known that our modern education...

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