Philosophy

Enduring

Jerry Fodor’s Enduring Critique of Neo-Darwinism by Stephen Metcalf. The philosopher Jerry Fodor was important for the same reason you’ve probably never heard of him: he was unimpressed, to put it politely, by the intellectual trends of the day. His […]

Knowledge

The University is Dead, Long Live the Academy! Reflections on the Future of Knowledge by Chad Wellmon. Universities lack the ethical resources to provide ultimate ends or a comprehensive vision of the good, the true and the beautiful. Their goods […]

Revival

Freud in the Scanner by M M Owen. A revival of interest in the power of introspection and thought has brought Freud’s ideas back into the scientific fold. More.

Impasse

The Impasse Between Modernism and Postmodernism by Patrick Lee Miller. Buying textbooks, writing syllabi, and putting on armor. This is how many students and teachers prepared to return to campus this past fall. The last few years have witnessed an […]

Bloch

Our Secular Theodicy by Matthew Rose. I live in Berkeley, one of the most religious cities in America. Its churches are being converted into mosques and Buddhist temples, but its one true faith endures. A popular yard sign states its […]

Misuse

The Postmodern Misuse of Tolerance by Alexis Carre. Tolerance is central to the structure of the liberal democratic tradition, and traceable to its inception. If a change has occurred regarding its place in our moral universe, it is the sharp […]

Tragedy

The Tragedy of Liberalism by Patrick J. Deneen. America is a nation in deep agreement and common belief. The proof lies, somewhat paradoxically, in the often tempestuous and increasingly acrimonious debate between the two main US political parties. The widening […]

Myth

Scientific Proof Is A Myth by Ethan Siegel. You’ve heard of our greatest scientific theories: the theory of evolution, the Big Bang theory, the theory of gravity. You’ve also heard of the concept of a proof, and the claims that […]

Fire

What Blaise Pascal Saw In A November Night Of Fire That Inaugurated A Year Of Grace by Midge Fusselman. Had the sickly mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal been expected to shift for himself more, would he have burned as brilliantly? […]

Philosopher

Gandhi the Philosopher by Richard Sorabji. Better known as the face of non-violent protest, Gandhi was also a surprising, subtle philosopher in the Stoic tradition. More.

Poverty

The Poverty of Cosmopolitan Historicism by Carl Ritter. When the Soviet Union fell, Marxist utopianism came to an end. In the decades since, a new breed of utopianism has gripped the collective imagination. Cosmopolitanism dreams of a borderless world united […]

Awful

Why Socialism Is Still Awful Despite Its European Image Makeover by Ben Dietderich. While conservatives have been busy repudiating outdated communist ideas, the American left has succeeded in selling a new fantasy: the democratic-socialist utopia. More.

Undoing

Undoing the Dis-Education of Millennials by Adam J. MacLeod. I teach in a law school. For several years now my students have been mostly Millennials. Contrary to stereotype, I have found that the vast majority of them want to learn. […]

Illusionist

The Illusionist by David Bentley Hart. Daniel Dennett’s latest book marks five decades of majestic failure to explain consciousness. More.

Demonization

Against the Demonization of Drugs by Sana Al-Badri and Marco Vega. For most of us, the word ‘drugs’ comes burdened with negative associations. Run a quick mental check: how many positive associations come to mind when you think of the […]

Broken

Science is Broken by Siddhartha Roy and Marc A Edwards. Perverse incentives and the misuse of quantitative metrics have undermined the integrity of scientific research. More.

Nightmare

Why Won’t The Nightmare Dream Of Communism Die? by Robert Tracinski. A century of Communism achieved four main results: poverty, oppression, war, and mass death. So why does anybody still think collectivism is ‘idealistic’? More.

Afraid?

Should We Be Afraid of AI? by Luciano Floridi. Machines seem to be getting smarter and smarter and much better at human jobs, yet true AI is utterly implausible. Why? More.

Lost

How the Politics of the Left Lost Its Way by Geoffrey M Hodgson. One hundred years ago, the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia and set up the first long-lasting Marxist government. The Russian Revolution’s impact was wide-ranging. One important – […]

PC

At Today’s Universities, Philosophy Is The Handmaid Of Political Correctness by Robert Tracinski. University philosophy departments are supposed to be centers of open inquiry and rigorous analysis. What happens when that comes up against political correctness? More.