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Living Well On Earth & Entering Heaven: The Nineteen Types of Judgment

By |2016-09-11T00:13:00-06:00September 11th, 2016|Categories: Christendom, Classics, Liberal Learning, Plato, Reason, Socrates, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Peter Kreeft as he explores the nineteen types of judgment as they pertain to human, angels, and the Divine. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher There are at least nineteen different kinds of judgment that we should distinguish. I’m sorry I could not [...]

Materialism: The False God of Modern Science

By |2019-07-10T23:24:33-06:00July 20th, 2016|Categories: Existence of God, George Stanciu, Philosophy, Reason, Science, St. John's College|

Trained to believe that every object as well as every act in the universe is matter, an aspect of matter, or produced by matter—that is, schooled to be a materialist—I scoffed at the two fellow students of mine in graduate school who regularly attended church. For me, at that time, the brain was the mind [...]

Reductionism: A Reasonable Goal or an Idiotic Quest?

By |2019-07-10T23:24:36-06:00June 30th, 2016|Categories: George Stanciu, Reason, Science, St. John's College|

In January 2011, an intriguing announcement arrived in my email inbox. The upcoming issue of The New Yorker was to contain “Social Animal” by David Brooks, The New York Times columnist and guru of middle-class American life. I could hardly wait to read “how the new sciences of human nature can help make sense [...]

The “Miracle Year”: Was Life Never Better Than in 1963?

By |2016-06-17T07:50:34-06:00May 18th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Music, Poetry, Reason, Sexuality|Tags: , , |

Sexual intercourse began (which was rather late for me) – Between the end of the “Chatterley” ban And the Beatles’ first LP. Up to then there’d only been A sort of bargaining, A wrangle for the ring, A shame that started at sixteen And spread to everything. Then all at once the quarrel sank: [...]

Kant’s Imperative

By |2019-04-22T11:57:16-06:00February 29th, 2016|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Great Books, Immanuel Kant, Morality, Reason, St. John's College, Virtue|

I have called this lecture “Kant’s Imperative” so that I might begin by pointing up an ever-intriguing circumstance. Kant claims that the Categorical Imperative, which is the Moral Law, is implicitly known to every fully formed human being. And yet its formulation is absolutely original with him. Thus, to study that hard philosophical gem, [...]

Seeking a Humane Political Order: The Limits of Rationalism

By |2016-03-04T16:24:39-06:00February 2nd, 2016|Categories: Culture, Edmund Burke, Featured, Morality, Philosophy, Reason|

Of the perennial debates in political theory, perhaps none is more enduring or contentious than that regarding the extent of power that human beings possess over their political and social order. This question is as old as political philosophy itself, with Plato taking up the question of the best society in his Republic. Since [...]

Swerving Towards Modernism

By |2016-08-03T10:36:39-06:00November 30th, 2014|Categories: Christendom, Culture, Modernity, Reason|

Stephen Greenblatt’s Pulitzer Prize winning The Swerve: How The World Became Modern is a narrative in search of a story. The narrative is a simple and familiar one: the world became modern when the forces of reason, enlightenment, and human dignity replaced the benighted and repressive superstitions and hypocritical hierarchies of medieval Christendom. This [...]

Irving Babbitt and Philosophical Reason

By |2014-09-14T16:21:44-06:00September 14th, 2014|Categories: Claes Ryn, Imagination, Liberal Learning, Philosophy, Reason|

The intellectual power, originality and prescience of Irving Babbitt becomes with each passing decade more obvious. Scholars familiar with Babbitt’s work are used to noting the belated discovery by others of questions that he identified and treated in depth. Today’s “postmodernists,” for example, imagine themselves innovators. To the extent that their movement is philosophically [...]

Living Well On Earth and Entering Heaven: The Nineteen Types of Judgment

By |2019-03-11T07:48:20-06:00September 9th, 2013|Categories: Christendom, Classics, Liberal Learning, Plato, Reason, Socrates|

Peter Kreeft There are at least 19 different kinds of judgment that we should distinguish. I’m sorry I could not find a 20th, to match the number of digits on our fingers and toes. But 19 does match the digits of Frodo Baggins, one of my heroes. (I’m sure you remember Frodo [...]

The Truth About Political Correctness

By |2019-07-15T16:16:55-06:00July 12th, 2013|Categories: Communio, Equality, Featured, Reason, Stratford Caldecott, Truth|Tags: |

Political correctness identifies a syndrome we all recognize, but is hard to define. It can be best described as a set of attitudes rather than an ideology, since viewed philosophically it is completely incoherent. It can perhaps be traced back to the French Revolution, in the aftermath of which various slogans became fashionable—mostly involving [...]