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The Goodness of Human Life, Part II: Reflections on the Suicide of Brittany Maynard

In Part I of this post I wrote about a philosophical error we ought to avoid when thinking about the value of human life: namely, the idea that human life is the highest good possible. Here, in Part II, I … Continue reading

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The Goodness of Human Life, Part I: Reflections on Brittany Maynard’s Suicide

Sorry not to have posted anything in such a long time–I had to make a hard final push to finish up my dissertation. But since I have now officially survived graduate school, I hope to be around a bit more from here on … 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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You aren’t smart enough to be happy: Kant, Judas, and Holy Thursday

As part of his argument that our primary purpose in this life is to be good rather than happy, Kant offers the following “one-two punch.” First, Kant rejects any weak, reductionist sense of happiness. Happiness is not eating a Boston … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Life

Immanuel Kant was by no means a Catholic philosopher, but he still wrote some things helpful for Catholics. Consider, for example, Kant’s discussion early in the Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals on the purpose of life. What is the … Continue reading

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