Philosophy

Forecast

Atheism, the Computer Model by Michael Fitzgerald. Big data meets history to forecast the rise and fall of religion. More.

Illusions

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.

Management

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.

Liberalism

The New Yorker reviews Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra, A Culture of Growth by Joel Mokyr, and Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari.

Prophetic

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.

Locke?

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 […]

Limits

Neil Gorsuch, Natural Law, and the Limits of Judicial Power by Samuel Gregg. What does natural law say about the power of judges in constitutional systems of government? More.

(Re)Secularizing

(Re)Secularizing the University by Michael Rectenwald. The religion of social-justice activism on campus breeds a new kind of secularism. More.

Rebuilding

PD reviews Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture by Anthony Esolen.

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, […]

Multiverse

Evil Triumphs in These Multiverses, and God Is Powerless by Dean Zimmerman. The challenge that the multiverse poses for the idea of an all-good, all-powerful God is often focused on fine-tuning. If there are infinite universes, then we don’t need […]

Barbarians

Barbarians and the Civilized by Pascal Bruckner. The spirit of critical examination remains the West’s best defense against fanaticism and brutality. More.

Infinity

Infinity and Beyond by A.W. Moore. Georg Cantor showed that some infinities are bigger than others. Did he assault mathematical wisdom or corroborate it? More.

Corruption

Ideology and the Corruption of Language by Randall Smith. Everyone talks about “dialogue,” but very few of us have the patience or are willing to do the hard work to engage in it. More.

Republic

In Defense of Plato’s Republic by Joseph G. Trabbic. For Socrates, the city isn’t only an arbitrarily chosen device for illuminating the soul’s mysteries but an essential means for creating and sustaining justice and the other virtues in the soul. […]

Hiddenness

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Hiddenness of God by Daniel Howard-Snyder and Adam Green. “Divine hiddenness”, as the phrase suggests, refers, most fundamentally, to the hiddenness of God, i.e., the alleged fact that God is hidden, absent, silent. In religious literature, […]

Wrong

If You’re Reading This Essay, You Should Probably Have (More) Children by Jonny Anomaly and Brian Boutwell. The 20th century saw explosive population growth, fueled by a combination of declining infant mortality, decreasing violence and steady growth in agricultural productivity. […]

Books

Dark Books by Tara Isabella Burton. What’s more wholesome than reading? Yet books wield a dangerous power: the best erode self, infecting readers with ideas. More.

Theory

PD reviews Natural Law in Court: A History of Legal Theory in Practice by R. H. Helmholz.

Start

A Great Start by Adam Freedman. Trump’s nomination of Judge Gorsuch won’t change the ideological balance of the Supreme Court, but it bodes well for the country’s future. More.