Philosophy

Enemy?

Dear Conservatives: The Enlightenment Is Not The Enemy by Robert Tracinski. Some conservatives are dismissing the eighteenth-century Enlightenment and trying to surrender its brilliant legacy to the enemies of Enlightenment on the Left. More.

Liberalism

Why “Liberalism” Needs Natural Law by Samuel Gregg. Over the past few years, we’re witnessed a resurgence of a long-standing critique of what’s often called “liberalism” by prominent conservative and Christian intellectuals. This goes far beyond arguments which have long […]

Ends

How the Enlightenment Ends by Henry A. Kissinger. Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence. More.

Suicide

L&L reviews Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy by Jonah Goldberg.

Renegades

Meet the Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web by Bari Weiss. An alliance of heretics is making an end run around the mainstream conversation. Should we be listening? More.

Marx

Karl Marx, Zombie by Guy Sorman. Jason Barker invites us, in the New York Times, to celebrate the bicentennial of Karl Marx’s birth in the ancient southern German city of Trier. The celebrity philosophy professor’s argument is that Marx has […]

Seriously

Taking Religion Seriously by Rémi Brague, Pierre Manent, Daniel J. Mahoney, and Paul Seaton. Editor’s Note: This exchange between French philosophers Pierre Manent and Rémi Brague originally appeared in the January issue of the French journal L’Incorrect as “Rémi Brague […]

Enlivened

The Civilization That Soared and Enlivened the World by Robert W. Merry. What’s the West good for? Try artistic expression, scientific inquiry, exploration, and civic development. More.

Future?

Out of the Armchair by Stephanie Wykstra. A growing number of philosophers are conducting experiments to test their arguments. Is this the future for philosophy? More.

Heal

How Classical Liberalism Can Heal the Bonds of American Affection by Michael Shermer. As I write these words—on April 18, 2018—Starbucks has just announced it would temporarily close more than 8,000 cafés so that 175,000 employees may undergo sensitivity training […]

Stoics

Jordan Peterson and the Return of the Stoics by Tim Rogers. His book in part is about accepting the ubiquity of human suffering. No wonder reviewers don’t get it. More.

Abolition

The Best Defense Is a Good Offense: C.S. Lewis’s Abolition of Man by Micah Watson. A new critical edition of Lewis’s 1943 classic adds a treasure trove of supplementary material. Lewis’s warnings about the consequences of jettisoning natural law remain […]

Poverty

Rob Rieman, Joseph Pieper, and the Existential Poverty of the West by R.J. Snell. Joseph Pieper knows what Rob Riemen has forgotten: the existential poverty of the West cannot be evaded or solved through humanism, for no ersatz god gives […]

Tertullian

‘I Believe Because It Is Absurd’: Christianity’s First Meme by Peter Harrison. Religious belief is often thought to evince a precarious kind of commitment, in which the degree of conviction is inversely proportional to correspondence with the facts. Exhibit A […]

First Steps

Philosophy’s First Steps by J L Schellenberg. Science asks and answers its big questions, so why is philosophy taking its time? Because it’s only just getting started. More.

A Man

Becoming a Man by William Buckner. There are commonalities of human behavior that extend beyond any geographic or cultural boundary. Every known society has a sexual division of labor – many facets of which are ubiquitous the world over. Some […]

Originalism

In Defense of Originalism by Carson Holloway. Originalism is the commonsense, traditional American approach to constitutional interpretation, not a contemporary conservative invention. More.

Problem

The Problem of Hyper-Liberalism by John Gray. For liberals the recent transformation of universities into institutions devoted to the eradication of thought crime must seem paradoxical. In the past higher education was avowedly shaped by an ideal of unfettered inquiry. […]

Scientism

In Defence of Scientism by Thomas Cortellesi. Nothing provokes widespread horror quite like science trespassing where it is said not to belong. This aversion is so powerful that it can unite the most disparate areas of the sociopolitical spectrum in […]

Subjective

The Tyranny of the Subjective by Elizabeth Finne. We are living in socially and politically bewildering times. One of the reasons for this is the sheer number of other people’s lives we are touched by on account of exponential developments […]