The Edge of Chaos

By |2019-07-18T15:14:44-05:00January 5th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Civil Society, Culture, Featured, History, Reason, Religion, Virtue, War|

A living system getting too close to the edge of chaos risks incoherence, but moving too far away risks rigidity, either case leading to extinction. Complex systems flourish at the edge of chaos. For the imaginative conservative, real thought, reflection, and learning often take place at the edge of chaos… Studying history teaches us [...]

John of Salisbury and the Ideal Scholar

By |2019-08-27T17:13:32-05:00October 27th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Christine Norvell, Education, History, Liberal Learning, Reason|

John of Salisbury exemplifies a practice that we must champion to change our learning systems—to address the failings directly and to see that one educator can transform the world in which he teaches… John of Salisbury not only depicts the thorough and balanced measure of the education of the ideal scholar, but he also [...]

Thoughtful Theism: Redeeming Reason in an Irrational Age

By |2019-11-07T10:31:26-06:00October 14th, 2017|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Faith, Featured, Reason, St. Thomas Aquinas|

Contrary to conventional wisdom, this age’s crisis is not one of faith. If anything, there is plenty of faith around, in both good and bad things. What we lack is that which since the Middle Ages has been seen as a complement to faith: reason… Thoughtful Theism: Redeeming Reason in an Irrational Age by [...]

A Student’s Guide to Liberal Learning

By |2019-09-12T10:39:18-05:00July 31st, 2017|Categories: Character, Fr. James Schall, Great Books, Liberal Learning, Morality, Reason|

It is difficult to see ourselves as we are, even if this inner “seeing” is one of the most important things we must do for ourselves… In today’s world, when the topic of the defects of university teaching and curricula comes up, the most well-known alternative put forward is the “great books programs.” I take [...]

Socrates Rises With Christ

By |2019-08-27T17:13:23-05:00July 29th, 2017|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Fr. James Schall, Justice, Plato, Reason|

The completion of Plato lies in the resurrection, in the reality that sees not just the immortality of the soul but the acting person as the source of all reason… Is there any way to bring political philosophy and revelation, Athens and Jerusalem, into a coherent, non-contradictory relation to each other without undermining the [...]

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 [...]

Faith and Reason: The Way to Truth?

By |2019-08-12T09:09:11-05:00January 30th, 2017|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Faith, Reason, Senior Contributors, St. John Paul II, St. John's College|

John Paul II’s “Fides et Ratio” is an act of daring: not only an exhortation to professional philosophers to return to foundational rationality, but an invitation to all and sundry to realize their natural philosophical capability. I find this call absolutely remarkable, not only as a Magisterial pronouncement for the faithful, but especially as [...]

John Deely: A Philosopher’s Life

By |2017-01-21T10:59:58-06:00January 20th, 2017|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Philosophy, Reason|

The world lost one of its keenest philosophical minds when John Deely passed away on January 7, 2017. As a philosopher, John developed his insights by working within the fertile soil of the Catholic intellectual tradition. The influence of the great French Thomist Jacques Maritain was immense, not only in John’s professional life, but [...]

Becoming Children of Modernity

By |2019-02-05T16:30:16-06:00November 4th, 2016|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Featured, History, Philosophy, Reason, Wyoming Catholic College|

The Relative Absoluteness of Truth The first false dichotomy I would like to expose is the one between relativism and absolutism. From this viewpoint, truth is either “absolutely absolute” or “absolutely relative,” with no tertium quid. However, truth is neither of these. If we understand truth as a relationship between what are relative, human [...]

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

By |2016-09-11T00:13:00-05:00September 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 |2019-07-10T23:24:33-05:00July 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 |2019-07-10T23:24:36-05:00June 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 [...]

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