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