Philosophy

Myth Redux

The Myth of Scientific Objectivity by William A. Wilson. My friends who work in scientific fields were aghast when they saw that the organizers of a planned “March for Science” had tweeted that “colonization, racism, immigration, native rights, sexism, ableism, […]

Free Will

What Does It Mean to Have Free Will? by Joseph LaPorte. According to one venerable tradition, with roots in St. Augustine, the mark of freedom is to be able to bring about an effect as an “uncaused cause.” In other […]

Scoundrels?

Fools or Scoundrels? A Response to Patrick Deneen by Robert R. Reilly. To suppose that the Founders set up a republic to vitiate the virtue on which its existence depended requires the belief that they were either stupid (by creating […]

Bloom

What Allan Bloom Got Right by Todd Gitlin. At his most persuasive, Bloom argued that the university’s original sin was to downgrade philosophy and discard the Great Books. The practice of substituting breadth for depth ushered in “trendiness, mere popularization […]

Awesomeness

A Unified Theory of Awesomeness by Scotty Hendricks. There a word that most people use every day without quite knowing what it means, “Awesome”. While the word technically relates to the ability to inspire awe, most of us use it […]

Country

For God and Country by Robert R. Reilly. Do her principles doom America to moral and cultural decline? The question is hardly new. More than two decades ago, Professor John A. Guegan, participating in a conference reflecting on Jesuit priest […]

Contrarianism

The Case for Contrarianism by Oliver Traldi. Another semester, another academic publishing scandal, complete with calls for penitence and punishment. This time the catalyst is “The Case for Colonialism,” a “Viewpoint” editorial in Third World Quarterly. In this essay, Bruce […]

Relationship

Amy Barrett, Augustine, and the Relationship between Religion and Politics by Brian Jones. The irony of media coverage of Amy Barrett’s confirmation hearings is that, in fact, Barrett is the one arguing for the truth that religion and politics need […]

Camp

Why We Need Philosophy Camp for Adults by Teodora Zareva. Consider this: you know that your best friend’s husband or wife is having an affair. Do you tell your best friend about the affair even if they don’t ask you? […]

Nation-States

Why Nation-States Are Good by Dani Rodrik. The nation-state remains the best foundation for capitalism, and hyper-globalisation risks destroying it More.

Betraying

Betraying Liberal Education: A Response to President Paxson of Brown University by R.J. Snell. Today’s universities are allergic to making substantive claims about what it means to live well in a good society. But liberal education, rightly understood, is a […]

Truth

Truth? It’s Not Just About the Facts by Julian Baggini. From time to time, not very often, it looks as though the world has given philosophy a job to do. Now is such a moment. At last, a big abstract […]

Hart

LARB profiles theologian David Bentley Hart.

Speech

The Natural Law of Free Speech by William J. Haun. With Progressives increasingly condoning censorship of conservative views as “hate speech,” conservatives are responding with an increasingly absolutist freedom of speech. Some recent essays written in reaction to the Antifa/neo-Nazi […]

Capitalism

First Things and the Market Economy: A Response to R. R. Reno by Samuel Gregg. More than ever, religiously informed conservatives should underscore the importance of market economies for ordered liberty. More.

Views

Views Among College Students Regarding the First Amendment: Results from a New Survey by John Villasenor. College students’ views of the First Amendment are of profound importance for multiple reasons. First, colleges and universities are places where intellectual debate should […]

Dream

TLS reviews The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy by Anthony Gottlieb.

Consuming

The Consuming Self by Nathanael Blake. Americans increasingly identify with our consumption. When combined with political tribalism, the result is the increasing refusal to do business with members of other political or cultural groups. In the end, an identity based […]

Defending

Defending Western History From Political Propaganda by Ben Sixsmith. History, Rudge tells us in Alan Bennett’s 2004 play The History Boys, is “one [bleeping] thing after another.” Yet history as a discipline is not solely concerned with facts, or, in […]

Imagination

Imagination Is a Powerful Tool: Why Is Philosophy Afraid of It? by Amy Kind. Philosophers have a love-hate relationship with the imagination. René Descartes, for one, disparaged it as ‘more of a hindrance than a help’ in answering the most […]