Daniel Lattier

Daniel Lattier

Senior Fellow

Dan is a former 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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Recent blog posts by this author

8 Frightening Characteristics of Propaganda

Jacques Ellul’s Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes (1965) has been called “a far more frightening work than any of the nightmare novels of George Orwell.” In it, the French philosopher and sociologist dispels some of the popular notions...

3 Excellent Children's Authors You May Not Have Heard Of

If you’re like me, you’re always on the lookout for great literature for your children. Or, perhaps you’re looking to catch up on some novels that you may have missed out on when you were growing up. Either way, here are three authors I have come...

Augustine: There's No Such Thing as a Harmless Lie

Based on a variety of discussions on Intellectual Takeout’s Facebook page about extramarital affairs, the consensus seemed to be that affairs are still considered disgraceful moral behavior (vs. other behaviors that have grown more...

Shouldn't Black Lives Matter Express More Outrage About This?

On the Black Lives Matter website you will find a list of "Demands", which include the following:  The arrest of officer Darren Wilson. National policy aimed at redressing systemic racism in law enforcement. A discontinuance...

The Economist's Very Balanced Article on Black Lives Matter

According to an editorial in The Economist, the Black Lives Matter campaign has some legitimate complaints, but hints that their excessive rhetoric may work against resolutions. The article – “What the Black Lives Matter campaign gets wrong...

We Need More Gentlemen Today

Few treatises on education have had as much influence in modern times as John Henry Newman's (1801-1890) Idea of a University - a collection of lectures first published in 1852. One scholar has gone so far as to write that "modern thinking on...

A Letter from World War I

My great grandfather, Harold Schuler, served in the U.S. Army on the European war theater from December 1917 to May 1919. I'm not sure how much action he saw, but his notebook entry and letter below provides a small glimpse into what soldiers...

This Latin Phrase Might Make You Worried about Where American Society is Headed

Nemo dat quod non habet—“No one gives what he doesn’t have.” Within the legal world, this phrase refers to the principle that one cannot confer property on another that doesn’t belong to him in the first place. Another way of putting it: A can’t...

10 Provocative Quotes from Ivan Illich's "Deschooling Society"

Ivan Illich’s groundbreaking book Deschooling Society (1971) offers a radical critique of the institutionalization of education within modern societies. Illich believed that we wrongly identify education with schooling, since most of our education...

500 Years Ago, This is What Europeans Were Doing on August 15

The answer: celebrating the feast of Mary’s Assumption. From early centuries, Christians believed that Jesus Christ’s mother, Mary, was taken up (“assumed”) body and soul into heaven upon her death. They celebrated this event annually with a...

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