Jack Gist

About Jack Gist

Jack Gist is Professor of Humanities at Western New Mexico University. His work has been published in such journals as Crisis, Catholic World Report, The Imaginative Conservative, New Oxford Review, Academic Questions, St. Austin Review, and numerous others.

Clarity as Charity

By |2021-01-25T16:17:08-06:00January 25th, 2021|Categories: Charity, Christianity, Philosophy, Reason|

Critical theorists seek to confuse concepts through the manipulation of language and promote ideas that fail to correspond to reality. Academic theories designed to confuse rather than to clarify must be confronted with calm reason. This is the most charitable thing we can do for those who will come after us. Self-evident Truths It can [...]

Less Than Nothing: The World Without Mystery

By |2021-03-29T13:14:56-05:00September 12th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Friedrich Nietzsche, Modernity, Mystery, Truth, Western Civilization|

Only by recognizing the divine mystery that predicates existence in the world can one reclaim his individuality. Only then will he be capable of searching for meaning generated outside the human intellect. Humans can never be gods, but they need God to live meaningful lives. Most students I teach believe that reality is subjective and [...]

Reason in the Making: Artistic Vision in Albert Camus’ “The Guest”

By |2019-08-08T12:54:16-05:00August 1st, 2019|Categories: Culture, Literature, Morality, Philosophy|

Albert Camus was a gifted writer, and though he approaches the edge of beauty, he fails to make the leap. In doing so, he condemns his stories, ironically, to the role of featureless individuals, accidents of energies. Artistic vision, Flannery O’Connor insists, takes place in a space where, “The writer’s moral sense must coincide with [...]

Orestes Brownson and the Limits of Freedom

By |2021-04-22T19:04:28-05:00March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Freedom, History, Poetry, Thomas Jefferson|

If a democracy drifts into unlimited notions of freedom, the best course of action is not to strip citizens of freedom, but rather to educate them, so that they can correct any constitutional abuses that contributed or led the way to the abyss of nihilism. Introduction This essay will revisit the age-old concern with the [...]

Anthropology and the Death of the Individual

By |2019-07-23T11:16:34-05:00October 19th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Death, Friedrich Nietzsche, History, Philosophy, St. Thomas Aquinas, Truth, Walker Percy|

Do you believe in a higher power, something that transcends the “human organism”? If this question is trivialized or ignored, we enter the very sound and soul of despair… Anthropology is the scientific study of human beings. Philosophy, literally translated, is the love of wisdom. Philosophical anthropology, then, is the scientific study of humans for [...]

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