Philosophy

Crisis

The Crisis of Liberty in the West by Ryan Anderson. The West faces a deep crisis of liberty. Full human flourishing is hindered by the dawning collapse of civil society and by crony capitalism and cultural cronyism. Natural law arguments, […]

Gadfly

Can Jonathan Haidt Calm the Culture Wars? by Evan R. Goldstein. For the next hour, Haidt roams the stage, TED-talk style (he’s delivered four), and explains what he calls “the new moral culture spreading on many college campuses.” It is […]

Decrypting

Decrypting Jefferson by Andrew Salzone. Understanding the author of America’s Declaration of Independence is easier said than done. He may have hated big government, but big government was born of the rationalism that he loved. More.

Foreshadow

John Stuart Mill’s Intolerant Faith and the Religion of Liberalism by Samuel Gregg. John Stuart Mill foreshadows the deeply intolerant faith and agenda of contemporary liberalism. More.

fAIth

fAIth by Beth Singler. The most avid believers in artificial intelligence are aggressively secular – yet their language is eerily religious. Why? More.

Neurology

When Neurology Becomes Theology by Robert A. Burton. A neurologist’s perspective on research into consciousness. More.

Challenges

Peter Berkowitz reviews Past and Present: The Challenges of Modernity, from the Pre-Victorians to the Postmodernists by Gertrude Himmelfarb.

Founders

Making Sense of the Founders: Politics, Natural Rights, and the Laws of Nature by Justin Dyer. It is often alleged that the American founders lacked a unified and coherent political theory. To the contrary, a recent book by Thomas West […]

Fusionism

Fountainheads of Fusionism by Jordan J. Ballor. The relationship between Edmund Burke and Adam Smith underscores a fundamental connection between virtue and liberty. More.

Incompetence

Suppose You Were an Idiot: On the Importance of Acknowledging Incompetence by Dylan Pahman. Political theory typically attributes political action to one of two main motivations: idealism or self-interest. But incompetence plays a much larger role than many assume. More.

Miracles

A Drop in the Sea by Lawrence Shapiro. What are the odds that Jesus rose or Moses parted the waves? Even with the best witnesses, vanishingly small. More.

Be

How We Can Be by Tim Crane. In 2006, Science published a remarkable piece of research by neuroscientists from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. By scanning the brain of a patient in a vegetative state, Adrian Owen and his colleagues found […]

Symposium

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 […]

Lecture

“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.

Civil War

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 […]

Arguments

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 […]

Scientist

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 […]

Minds

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 […]

Soul

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 […]

Needed

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 […]