About Drew Maglio

Drew Maglio is a writer and graduate student at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland. He has a B.A. in history from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida, and was a member of the Great Books program. He has been featured in The Ecologist and is a frequent contributor to Practical Boat Owner. He is the co-founder of The Great Conversation, an online publication dedicated to exploring the Great Books of the Western World.

Virtue: How to Live & Die According to Montaigne

By |2021-03-01T13:53:20-06:00March 1st, 2021|Categories: Philosophy, Virtue|

In his “Essays,” Michel de Montaigne rejects notions of virtue as a quasi-divine state and instead embraces Stoic and Epicurean notions of virtue as a sort of tranquility of mind and soul. A virtuous man restrains his natural vices and lives an orderly and moderate life. For the French nobleman and philosopher, Michel de Montaigne, [...]

The Historical Case Against Censorship

By |2021-01-21T12:00:00-06:00January 21st, 2021|Categories: Free Speech, History, Politics|

Drawing from history, our founders understood that liberty and justice could not exist in the same neighborhood as censorship. The solution for our current state, then, is not censorship but civility and a steadfast clinging to the American principles codified in our founding documents, which must be common and applicable to all equally under the [...]

Why Adam Smith’s Critique of Mercantilism Matters Today

By |2021-03-08T16:18:20-06:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Adam Smith, American Republic, Capitalism, Economic History, Economics, Free Markets, Free Trade, Political Economy|

Adam Smith, the father of the discipline we now refer to as economics, was a moral and political philosopher of the Scottish Enlightenment and contemporary and acquaintance of Edmund Burke. Long heralded as a proponent of self-regulating markets, limited government, and free-market “capitalism,” Smith is often invoked by proponents of corporate capitalism as an archetype [...]

Prometheus Unbound: Mary Shelley’s Admonishment About Scientism

By |2020-08-29T19:25:51-05:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Literature, Modernity, Science, Technology|

In the Promethean Allegory, Prometheus is both hero and villain. In one ilk, he molded humanity out of clay to aid the titans in their struggle against the gods. But Prometheus’ revolution against the divine order cost him dearly. In a similar vein, is science more and more the quest to advance human knowledge, and [...]

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