Philosophy

Matters

Why Spinoza Still Matters by Steven Nadler. At a time of religious zealotry, Spinoza’s fearless defence of intellectual freedom is more timely than ever. More.

Challenge

National Sovereignty and the Challenge of Immigration by Samuel Gregg. The idea of national sovereignty is indispensable to any coherent discussion of immigration policy. More.

Unity

Pursuing Unity: Race and the American Story by S. Adam Seagrave. The primary cause of American disintegration is not the proliferation of sources of division, but rather the absence of sources of unity to counterbalance and contextualize them. The racial […]

Philosopher

Freud the Philosopher by David Livingstone Smith. Before fathering psychoanalysis, Freud first slayed the dominant Cartesian intellectual tradition of mind-body dualism. More.

MacLean

More on Nancy MacLean by Marian L. Tupy. I realize that I am a bit late to this party and that many of Nancy MacLean’s strange claims and factual errors have already been exposed and debunked by people much more […]

WEL

A Song of Ice and Fire by Eric Kurlander. World Ice Theory and the supernatural imaginary of the Third Reich. More.

Undoing?

German Philosophy Has Finally Gone Viral. Will That Be Its Undoing? by Stuart Jeffries. A new generation of rockstar philosophers are taking the discipline to the masses. But their TED Talks, TV shows, and best-sellers might be ruining it forever. […]

Chains?

Who Wants to Put Democracy in Chains? by Ilya Somin. In her badly flawed book Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, historian Nancy MacLean gets many, many things wrong about the history […]

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 […]