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What unites all people essentially and what gives all people their inalienable dignity, and the rights that follow therefrom, is their essential humanity... There can be no doubt that we are living in a racially-charged climate. The problems...
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Western conservatives should broaden their historical gaze, and look to Eastern as well as Western thinkers for direction and inspiration in our confusing world... Anyone who has ever been misled by a mistaken weather forecast...

Since American culture tells us that all individuals are equal and that we can recognize the truth just as well as the next person, we think that we have no need to seek guidance from others, even acknowledged masters...
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Machiavelli may help modern man to think more clearly about power and prudence, and to remember that the world is a dangerous place where all is not as it seems... An argument can be made that Niccolo...
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By thinking through the limits and possibilities of political life, as presented in Utopia, the careful reader imitates Cicero and Thomas More by preparing for politics through the careful study of great literature...

No animal except Homo sapiens has any choice in what life to live. Having a vastly richer interior life, we humans must struggle to find an excellent way of living, and we must recognize the most fundamental principle of human life: By nature every person is meant to...
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The old curriculum, with its emphasis on hard mathematics, dead languages, ancient history, and classical music, is often portrayed today as "irrelevant," an offense to modern children, a way of belittling their world and their hopes for the future...
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The cause of modern American disunity can be found in today’s twisted notions of freedom... In his masterwork, The City of God, Saint Augustine offers a definition of a people that can shed some...

Government remains limited in civil society because God gave man the ability, through work and reason, to subdue the earth and thereby improve his life by the use of pri­vate property... Understanding Locke John Locke is...
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Is “the knowing of what one knows and what one does not know that one does not know” ever possible? And what is the benefit of that knowledge? Profound Ignorance: Plato's Charmides and the Saving of Wisdom by David Lawrence...
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The kind of freedom people speak of today is more likely than not something more than emancipation from political tyranny. It is freedom from social custom, from tradition, from the created order, freedom from God. And for this troubling illusion, we may in part thank James...

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...
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One can be modern without being avant-garde, and by instead thinking in the old musical way, in terms of grammatical sequences that linger in the ears and the memory of the listeners... Important composers,...
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To revive American constitutionalism would require not more people who talk about "justice," "the common good," and "the best regime," but people who are able to shoulder concrete responsibilities, so that the reconstruction of society could begin where it matters most, in the personal lives of the...