The “Me Too” Movement: What Would Plato Say?

By |2018-05-16T23:36:00-05:00May 16th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Culture, Plato, Politics, Sexuality, Virtue|

Sexual misconduct is usually characterized as some kind of “power grab,” typically carried out by ruthless men seeking to prey upon the vulnerability of a woman. Yet Plato suggests that disordered sexual desire is a problem of the democratic soul… Speaking about British actress Kadian Noble’s lawsuit filed against Harvey Weinstein on the grounds [...]

What Is Honor?

By |2019-03-26T14:36:41-05:00May 7th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Culture, Timeless Essays, Virtue|

To do the honorable thing is to submit the whole of one’s being to the belief that there is underlying all human life and interaction, and indeed all of existence, a universal sense of right and wrong… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Jeremy A. Kee [...]

Thomas Jefferson and the Paradox of Slavery

By |2018-04-19T20:32:27-05:00April 17th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Freedom, History, Mark Malvasi, Philosophy, Slavery, South, Thomas Jefferson|

The masters of slaves, it turned out, were themselves neither independent nor self-sufficient, but were bound to, and reliant upon, their slaves both for their welfare and their identity. This vague recognition in part accounts for the grim tone that Thomas Jefferson adopted in his analysis of slavery: He had to confront the prospect [...]

Does Love Always Lead to Suffering?

By |2019-03-11T14:25:07-05:00March 21st, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Christianity, Ethics, Homer, Love, Plato, Religion, St. Augustine|

Much of suffering is an impenetrable mystery. But to a limited degree, we are able to understand suffering if we can come to understand what love is… Pope John Paul II, in Salvifici Doloris, writes, “Sacred Scripture is a great book about suffering.”[1] He then quotes the Old Testament to illustrate the spectrum of human suffering: [...]

Democracy, Aristocracy, and the Fate of America

By |2019-02-28T12:10:19-05:00March 12th, 2018|Categories: Aristocracy, Aristotle, Civil Society, Culture, Dante, Democracy, Great Books, History, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna, Politics|

Only where Democracy and Aristocracy are harmonized and unified culturally can a nation really be healthy and advanced; its history becomes the awe of the world… “Be it known to you that a son is born to me; but I thank the gods not much that they have given me him as that they [...]

The Emotions: A Primer

By |2019-03-26T15:39:48-05:00February 19th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Featured, 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 [...]

A Short History of the Human Soul

By |2018-02-16T23:50:47-05:00February 11th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Christianity, Great Books, History, Philosophy, Plato|

To understand the journey of the human imagination across civilizations and centuries, one must grasp how the utterly fascinating Hellenic invention of the “democratized” concept of moral judgment in the afterlife came into its beautiful philosophical maturity... And so they came to Rome —Acts IV. “I was not, I was, I am not, I do [...]

Russell Kirk’s Unfinished Justice

By |2019-03-19T15:55:37-05:00February 11th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Bradley J. Birzer, History, Justice, Plato, Russell Kirk|

Russell Kirk thought that because justice is rooted in nature and because in its perfection transcends all time and space, one can innately observe virtue in the actions of wise women and men. Such observation of our heroes and those we admire might be the best teacher in our current day, serving as reminders [...]

Do We Need New Gender Pronouns?

By |2018-02-05T20:20:47-05:00February 5th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Christianity, Culture, Philosophy, Sexuality, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

In politics, compromise and consensus may have to suffice, but in academia, it is absurd to let consensus, identity politics, subjective self-reference, or anything else supersede truth… A prominent professor of linguistics publically taught the party line on gender pronouns. It is not necessary to name the semi-famous professor because even though it is [...]

On Studying Imagination

By |2018-11-21T08:38:41-05:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Great Books, Imagination, John Milton, Plato, St. John's College|

Is memory deceptively transformative? Is the original imagination an organ for lying fictions, for deception, or a conduit for revelatory illumination? And so, more generally, how do we explain those images that are apparently not imitations, don’t have an origin in verifiable originals, be they stored in human memory or laid up with the [...]

Winged Words: Reading & Discussing Great Books

By |2019-06-06T02:31:45-05:00December 17th, 2017|Categories: Aristotle, Dante, Essential, Featured, Great Books, Homer, Humanities, Imagination, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Peter Kalkavage, Plato, St. John's College, Timeless Essays|

Great books introduce us to ideas and to ways of looking at the world that are new to us. They provide a refreshing distance from the trends, fashions, tastes, opinions, and political correctness of our current culture. Great books invite us to put aside for a while our way of looking at the world [...]

The Three Big Questions

By |2019-03-11T15:32:36-05:00November 18th, 2017|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Aristotle, Art, Civil Society, Community, Culture, 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… [...]

Cosmopolitanism and the Hellenistic World

By |2018-11-21T14:40:39-05:00November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Aristotle, Bradley J. Birzer, Christianity, Great Books, History, Philosophy, Plato, Socrates|

The desire to belong to something greater than one’s self is simply human, transcending time, place, and space. It’s as natural as our need to breathe. In this sense, Aristotle put it correctly when he noted that man is meant to live in community… When the polis of classical Greece collapsed brutally in the [...]