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How would the conversation go if Frederich Nietzsche met St. Thérèse of Lisieux? - Father Dwight Longenecker

G.K. Chesterton observes that every age is saved by a saint most contrary to the spirit of the age.  Read more...

Human and animal morality - Stephen Budiansky

Though stories of seemingly altruistic animals tug at the heartstrings, humans are nature's sole moralists.  Read more...

Humility: The First of the Lively Virtues - Anthony Esolen

Humility is more, far more, than a curative for pride.  It is itself a mighty power.  Read more...

Identity - Peter Kreeft

The human self is not a given, an object, an essence, whose essential nature is unchangeable and guaranteed, like everything else in the cosmos. Our nature is a task given to us to achieve. We alone can fail to achieve our nature.   Read more...

Intellectual Courage and the Bitter Truth - Father James V. Schall, S.J.

In the handsome new book, The Loss and Recovery of Truth, we find a short 1978 essay of Gerhart Niemeyer.   Read more...

Introduction & Principles of Ethics - Father Robert Spitzer, S.J.

The following ten universal principles form the foundation of civility, justice, and objectivity in cultures throughout the world. Their presence assures the possibility of humane civilization and their absence (even their partial absence) opens the path for corruption, deceit, injustice, and cultural decline. Following is the introduction and the first 19 pages from chapter two of Father Spitzer's new book, Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life IssuesRead more...

Is conscience an unaffordable luxury? - Sean Murphy

Precisely because we live in secular states, we must make room for believers, religious or not, in public life.   Read more...

Is Free Will an Illusion? - Donald DeMarco

Do we have free will? Are we truly responsible for our actions? Or, on the other hand, are we merely passive pawns who are completely at the mercy of impersonal or alien forces?  Read more...

Is smoking immoral? - Janet E. Smith

What does the Catholic Church teach about the morality of smoking cigarettes?  Read more...

Is Utilitarianism Useful? - Roger Kimball

It's all well and good to talk about pursuing "what works" until we come up against inescapable moral limits.  Read more...

It's All Your Fault - Theodore Dalrymple

One way and another, I have spent a lot of my life in the study of resentment, my own and that of others.   Read more...

Joy - Peter Kreeft

Joy is more than happiness, just as happiness is more than pleasure.   Read more...

Justice - Father James V. Schall, S.J.

Benedict XVI associates justice with judgment.  Read more...

Justice, Wisdom, Courage, and Moderation: The Four Cardinal Virtues - PETER KREEFT

These four cardinal virtues are not the only virtues, but they are the cardes, the "hinges", on which all the other virtues turn.  Read more...

Last Things: On Rereading The Apology - Father James V. Schall, S.J.

Each semester, with a class, I reread The Apology of Socrates. It is something I always look forward to.   Read more...

Les Maladies and Le Monde - Theodore Dalrymple

When I was a student, my friends and I would stay up all night to discuss such questions as the truth or otherwise of determinism.   Read more...

Liberality: The Fifth Lively Virtue - Anthony Esolen

When Jesus first sent forth his disciples to preach that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand, he did not advise them to take provisions.  Read more...

Love and Healing - Donald DeMarco

How is it possible for love, which is essentially spiritual, to have a transforming effect on the human body, which is corporeal and the natural object of scientific intervention?   Read more...

Love and the law: true love demands justice - Father Raymond J. de Souza

What does the law have to do with love? Are they not antithetical?   Read more...

Lying: a Metaphysical Issue before a Moral Issue - Janet E. Smith

Aquinas holds that lying is wrong primarily because it violates the nature/purpose of enunciative speech. This paper raises the possibility that 1) enunciative speech has more purposes than that identified by Aquinas and 2) that some kinds of falsehoods build up rather than destroy society. I am going to identify some principles in Aquinas' own thought that I believe lend support to the claims I am making.  Read more...

Making Reality Disappear - Donald DeMarco

Deconstructionists and their kin are aiming at making reality disappear — and for good.  Read more...

Meekness: The Third Lively Virtue - Anthony Esolen

We all know the account in Luke about the boy Jesus, who when he was twelve years old accompanied his parents to Jerusalem for the Passover, as was their custom.   Read more...

Mercy Is Not Sentimental - Donald DeMarco

The secular world is constantly trying to absorb the Catholic Church into itself.  Read more...

Moral Hazard! - Robert Royal

Lots of Catholics have forgotten the unkind moral hazards they are exposing our children and adults to precisely by trying to be kind.  Read more...

Music and Morality - Roger Scruton

“The ways of poetry and music are not changed anywhere without change in the most important laws of the city.” So wrote Plato in the Republic (4.424c). Music, for Plato, was not a neutral amusement. It could express and encourage virtue—nobility, dignity, temperance, chastity. But it could also express and encourage vice—sensuality, belligerence, indiscipline.  Read more...


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