Honor and Fame

By |2019-10-16T15:49:36-05:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Conservatism, Culture, Glenn Arbery, Homer, Plato, William Shakespeare, Wyoming Catholic College|

Should honor and fame no longer be ends of ambition in such a world? The ancient philosophers doubted the ultimate merit of fame, but they also looked for the most spirited students, those most inclined to “undertake extensive and arduous enterprises"... In response to my essay about baptizing ambition, a friend from Boston College recommended [...]

Can the Liberal Arts Save Our Souls?

By |2019-05-07T14:29:08-05:00July 13th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Cicero, Civil Society, Government, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning|

If one cannot hope for an informed citizenry—and the evidence is overwhelming that such a hope is futile—one must hope for something else: a formed citizenry. For the remedy for thoughtlessness is not information; it is thought, thought about what man is, what the good man is, what the good society is, what virtues [...]

The Right Idea: How West & East Seek the True, Good, & Beautiful

By |2019-07-10T23:21:43-05:00July 6th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Beauty, Ethics, George Stanciu, Intelligence, St. Thomas Aquinas, Truth|

Except for mystics, the goal of Western philosophers and theologians has been to find the right ideas, whereas Eastern thinkers seek the direct grasping of the first principles and the inner essences of natural things. I wish to suggest that the Western and Eastern paths to the true, the good, and the beautiful can be [...]

Was Aristotle the Father of Radical Individualism?

By |2019-04-04T13:06:37-05:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Great Books, Justice, Philosophy, Plato, Socrates, Virtue|

A recent essay proposes Aristotle to have “opened a path” to today’s radical individualism and relativism. In order to evaluate this thesis, we must turn to the Great Tradition of the “perennial philosophy” and ask what the great philosophers taught about virtue, justice, friendship, and the nature of man… There is a story about [...]

The Ancients on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol

By |2019-09-24T13:42:13-05:00June 7th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Culture, Plato, Science, Virtue|

Modern philosophy, empirical science, and our social sciences stand mute before moral questions and the human spirit. Let us, therefore, turn to the Ancients for their understanding of alcohol’s effects upon the soul… “What’s this chemical ferment called life all about? I shall be impelled to strong drink if something exciting doesn’t happen along pretty [...]

How Aristotle Got Virtue Wrong

By |2019-04-04T12:03:50-05:00June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Character, Christianity, Community, Philosophy, Plato, Socrates, Virtue|

Aristotle’s reasoning about virtue, with its emphasis on man’s relationship to his own soul and man’s ability to perfect his own virtue, opened a path to relativism and radical individualism… All philosophical inquiry is united by two foundational elements. First the philosopher acknowledges that man’s existence is defined by his relationships. While philosophers may [...]

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 |2019-07-10T23:22:04-05:00March 21st, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Christianity, Ethics, George Stanciu, 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 |2019-10-30T11:48:29-05:00March 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 |2019-07-10T23:22:11-05:00February 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 [...]

A Short History of the Human Soul

By |2018-02-16T23:50:47-06:00February 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 [...]