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

By |2020-05-12T22:25:29-05:00May 18th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Music, Poetry, Reason, Sexuality|Tags: , , |

It might seem like the problem of the Sexual Revolution was its promiscuity because people began to give in to desire. But it was spirit that was the problem, for while eros is a democrat, it is also a master over willing slaves. Sexual intercourse began (which was rather late for me) – Between [...]

Kant’s Imperative

By |2020-04-21T13:19:52-05:00February 29th, 2016|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Great Books, Immanuel Kant, Morality, Reason, St. John's College, Virtue|

What makes freedom possible is beyond all knowing, but what makes the moral law possible is freedom itself. The fact that we have a faculty of freedom is the critical ground of the possibility of morality. I have called this lecture “Kant’s Imperative” so that I might begin by pointing up an ever-intriguing circumstance. [...]

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 |2016-08-03T10:36:39-05:00November 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 |2014-09-14T16:21:44-05:00September 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 |2019-03-11T07:48:20-05:00September 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 |2019-07-15T16:16:55-05:00July 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 [...]

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