Category Archives: Immanuel Kant

Retrievals quote of the day . . .

    . . . from Immanuel Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, 3rd ed., trans. James Ellington (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1993), p. 7: “The sight of a being who is not graced by any touch of a pure and … Continue reading

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On the Delightfulness of Children

In The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis offers the example of small children to show that there is such a thing as “objective value,” a goodness that things can have irrespective of whether you are too much a weirdo … Continue reading

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67% of you will not finish reading this

In my best imitation of a philosopher, allow me to remind you of what you already know: for thinking well ethically–whether publicly or privately–you need more than just statistics. It is a lesson of which I am reminded periodically, usually … Continue reading

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A different sort of knowledge

Awhile back in a post on love I noted that one of the benefits of philosophy is that it can give one the ability–after lots of practice, of course–to “question the question.” That is to say, even the most skeptical … Continue reading

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The Vocation of the Protector: a Brief Defense of Christian Gun Ownership

One of the philosophy professors where I teach (The Catholic University of America) has an article taped up on his office door with the headline “Catholics Should Trust in God, not Guns.” Despite the NRA sticker on my car, I … Continue reading

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Sloth: nature and grace

One of the problems with teaching philosophy–that is to say, with teaching some of the best books ever written–is that one is always encountering previously unnoticed little insights, little “gems.” Why is that a problem? It is a problem because … Continue reading

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