About Daniel Lattier

Daniel Lattier is the Vice President of Intellectual Takeout. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Problem of Too Many Books

By |2019-09-02T10:53:19-05:00January 18th, 2018|Categories: Books, Culture, Imagination, Intelligence|

The exponential proliferation of books is a sign of our culture’s loss of an ultimate, shared purpose to life, and a consensus on how to achieve that purpose. Devoid of this consensus, each of us is left to search for the fragments of truth in our frantic, scattered regimen of reading each year… In the [...]

What Professors Are Writing… No One Is Reading

By |2017-02-25T11:50:22-06:00January 20th, 2017|Categories: Education, Featured|

Most Western academics today are using their intellectual capital to answer questions that nobody’s asking on pages that nobody’s reading… Professors usually spend about three-six months (sometimes longer) researching and writing in order to submit a twenty-five-page article to an academic journal. And most experience a twinge of excitement when, months later, they open a letter informing [...]

The Death of Self-Education, the Death of the West

By |2019-08-31T14:54:28-05:00December 7th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Education, Featured, Western Civilization|

Without a major autodidactic push to learn the classic works that formed our civilization, the West’s storehouse of knowledge is in serious danger of becoming nothing more than an artifact... In one of my favorite scenes from the movie Seven, Morgan Freeman’s character gets a guard to let him into a library late at night [...]

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