George Stanciu

About George Stanciu

George Stanciu is Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative. He earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Michigan and taught at St. John's College, Santa Fe. Dr. Stanciu is the Academic Dean Emeritus at Magdalen College of Liberal Arts in Warner, New Hampshire, and he is the co-author of The New Biology and The New Story of Science.

The Emotions: A Primer

By |2019-07-10T23:22:11-05:00February 19th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Featured, George Stanciu, Great Books, Love, St. Augustine, St. John's College, St. Thomas Aquinas|

Although the potential range of emotional experience is essentially the same in all human beings, each culture exhibits its own patterns, inculcating certain feelings while discouraging others, promoting either expression or restraint, and defining variously the place of the emotions in everyday life… Americans believe that every person’s interior life is unique; consequently, an [...]

Is the United States a Banana Republic?

By |2019-08-15T14:32:01-05:00January 21st, 2018|Categories: Capitalism, Culture, Democracy, Economics, Featured, George Stanciu, History, Politics, St. John's College|

In the modern world of American politics, special-interest money is displacing voters. Wealth is highly concentrated in a few hands, with corporations wielding enormous power. More and more families patch together two or more paychecks to meet the widening income, healthcare, and pension gaps that are threatening the middle class… After a disastrous defeat [...]

Not One of Us: Immigration, Equality, & the Common Good

By |2020-06-16T16:48:03-05:00January 16th, 2018|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, American Founding, Christianity, Conservatism, Democracy, Equality, Freedom of Religion, George Stanciu, History, St. John's College|

God unequally bestows gifts to us that are to be used for the common good. The wise can guide others; the well-organized can administer businesses that provide employment; the strong can protect the weak. With such an understanding, equality and a hierarchical social structure are not incompatible, but complement each other. My three children [...]

Wonder and Love: How Scientists Neglect God and Man

By |2020-06-22T16:43:44-05:00November 26th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Culture, George Stanciu, Liberal Learning, Religion, Science, St. John's College, Timeless Essays|

If scientists were to look inward with the same seriousness with which they look outward, they would be forced to reflect upon the interior life, upon the creature who seeks truth, desires to know everything, delights in beauty, experiences joy when the truth is encountered, and wonders about why nature can be known at [...]

A Gypsy Thanksgiving: Food That Will Help You Live Longer

By |2019-07-10T23:22:39-05:00November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Community, Culture, George Stanciu, Thanksgiving|

Food is a way to enjoy being alive. Drink wine and dance around the kitchen; kiss your beloved. Life can be beautiful… Experts with scientific credentials tell us the best way to resolve interpersonal conflicts, how to raise children, and what food to eat. These new gurus maintain that in principle scientific truths can [...]

The Three Big Questions

By |2019-11-21T11:13:18-06:00November 18th, 2017|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Aristotle, Art, Civil Society, Community, Culture, George Stanciu, Modernity, Religion, Science, St. Thomas Aquinas|

Members of democratic nations, especially Americans, have almost unlimited personal freedom because the constraints of class, local communities, and family have been greatly weakened. But we are also free to choose to step off the consumer treadmill, refuse to seek material success for us alone, and attempt to serve others, materially, emotionally, and spiritually… [...]

Cultural Obstacles to Dialogue

By |2020-01-06T21:55:41-06:00October 24th, 2017|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Culture, Featured, George Stanciu, Socrates|

To engage in dialogue, we must be good listeners, seeking to hear an insight, perhaps fuzzily formulated and unclear even to the speaker, but nevertheless worthy of exploration… Every culture has its own conversational style that often inhibits genuine dialogue. In Japan, for instance, the division of scholars and scientists at universities and research [...]

Who Are We? The Mystery of “The Self”

By |2019-07-10T23:22:52-05:00October 5th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Family, George Stanciu, Nature, Philosophy, Religion, St. John's College|

Every person we meet in ordinary, daily affairs is part human and part divine, a storytelling self, often confused, dislikable, and in pain, but always transient; and a mysterious self, deathless, an image of God, worthy of unconditional love… The Buddha, at the age of thirty-five, preached his first sermon to five ascetics, his [...]

The Three Great Teachers

By |2020-04-02T23:53:56-05:00September 13th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, George Stanciu, Homer, Plato, Religion, Socrates, St. John's College, Virtue|

Each great teacher locates the fundamental problem of human living differently: The Buddha cites suffering; Socrates points to ignorance; and Jesus identifies faulty love. In addition, all three Masters teach that the task set for each human soul is to travel from illusion to reality. Unlike the Age of Faith, in Postmodernity, or more [...]

The Divine Element Within

By |2019-11-14T13:12:37-06:00June 26th, 2017|Categories: Art, Existence of God, Featured, George Stanciu, Intelligence, Music, Poetry, Reason, Religion, Science, St. John's College, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|

In Modernity, the capacity for effortless knowing is denied, ignored, or misunderstood. As a result, the origin of all knowledge is taken as unaided human effort and activity… The Two Modes of the Mind If we lack a word for an experience, we obviously cannot talk to others about it, and the experience, no [...]

The Best Moments of Human Life

By |2019-07-10T23:23:06-05:00May 30th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Family, Featured, George Stanciu, Philosophy, St. John's College, Time|

We find joy when we lose the self in activity, in those good things that are outside ourselves: making art, doing science, playing sports, educating the young, or caring for the old and disabled. Joy is nature’s way of telling us that we are fulfilling our nature… Even a cursory glance at the interior [...]

Our Post-Truth Society: Dooming Democracy?

By |2019-10-30T12:32:35-05:00April 10th, 2017|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Donald Trump, Featured, George Stanciu, Politics, Presidency, St. John's College, Technology, Truth|

In the post-truth society, your facts are not my facts, and lies by political figures are greeted with indifference. Judged by past standards, citizens of a post-truth society have no real experience and no capacity for critical thinking… We Americans have virtually no interest in history; for us, the past pales in comparison with [...]

The Fetters of “Free Thought”

By |2019-09-19T12:05:27-05:00March 19th, 2017|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Culture, Democracy in America, Featured, Freedom, George Stanciu, Philosophy, St. John's College|

Since American culture tells us that all individuals are equal and that we can recognize the truth just as well as the next person, we think that we have no need to seek guidance from others, even acknowledged masters… We Americans so firmly believe that each one of us has freely chosen our own [...]

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