The Closing of the American Mind Thirty Years Later: A Symposium by Nathan Schlueter. All is not well in America—or in the University. Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind offers a profound and compelling diagnosis of the common […]
“Powerlessness and the Politics of Blame” Martha C. Nussbaum The Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts See here.
The Cold Civil War by Angelo M. Codevilla. As the Ancients remind us, the statesman’s primary concern must be the good of his own nation. In revolutionary times especially, thoughts, words, and deeds about international affairs must be subordinated to […]
Five Rational Arguments Why God (Very Probably) Exists by Robert H. Nelson. The question of whether a God exists is heating up in the 21st century. According to a Pew survey, the percentage of Americans having no religious affiliation reached […]
What Does It Mean to Be a ‘Catholic Scientist’? by William E. Carroll. Any reference to “Catholic scientists” might appear to mean scientists who happen to be Catholics, just as one would speak of politicians, economists, or writers who happen […]
The Evolution of Minds by William Carroll. Significant advances in evolutionary biology and the neurosciences have led many who are already committed to a materialist philosophy to offer sweeping accounts of the origin and development of life, from bacteria to […]
The Soul: Not Dead Yet by Patrick Lee and Robert P. George. The traditional philosophical and theological concept of the soul allows us to integrate what the empirical sciences reveal with what we know about ourselves as rational and moral […]
When Philosophy Needed Muslims, Jews and Christians Alike by Peter Adamson. If you were asked to name the most important philosopher of 10th-century Baghdad, you would presumably not hesitate to say ‘al-Farabi’. He’s one of the few thinkers of the […]
God in the Machine: My Strange Journey into Transhumanism by Meghan O’Gieblyn. After losing her faith, a former evangelical Christian felt adrift in the world. She then found solace in a radical technological philosophy – but its promises of immortality […]
Age of Sincerity by Faisal Devji. In politics, as in militant religion, the performance of sincerity is everything, no matter whether right or wrong. More.
The Calvinist Roots of American Social Order: Calvin, Witherspoon, and Madison by Ian Speir. Witherspoon and Madison’s Calvinist theology and political philosophy imparted a firm belief that self-interest could be harnessed, ambition checked, and power balanced within government so that […]
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Libertarian Atheists by Rachel Lu. Libertarians may miss certain cultural nuances that traditionalists are able to see, but the reverse is also true. In this moment of political transition, we should […]
Why Information Matters by Luciano Floridi. When we use a computer, its performance seems to degrade progressively. This is not a mere impression. Over the years of owning a particular machine, it will get sluggish. Sometimes this slowdown is caused […]
Skepticism About Skepticism by Tania Lombrozo. Better than skepticism is truth-telling and humility, says Tania Lombrozo. More.
Atheism, the Computer Model by Michael Fitzgerald. Big data meets history to forecast the rise and fall of religion. More.
Globalist Illusions and the Folly of Global Governance by Samuel Gregg. Global governance projects don’t just foster unaccountable bureaucracies and rule by experts. They are increasingly corrupting the idea of human rights. More.
The Management Myth by Matthew Stewart. Most of management theory is inane, writes our correspondent, the founder of a consulting firm. If you want to succeed in business, don’t get an M.B.A. Study philosophy instead. More.
The New Yorker reviews Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra, A Culture of Growth by Joel Mokyr, and Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari.
The Last Hollow Laugh by Paul Sagar. Since Francis Fukuyama proclaimed ‘The End of History’ 25 years ago, he has been much maligned. His work now seems prophetic. More.
Jefferson, Locke, and the Declaration of Independence by Robert Curry. Although Christopher Hitchens was often cheerfully iconoclastic, his 2005 biography of Thomas Jefferson affirmed the scholarly and popular consensus: the Declaration of Independence is based on John Locke’s ideas. But […]