Philosophy
On God & Goodness: 8 Lessons on the Euthyphro Dilemma

On God & Goodness: 8 Lessons on the Euthyphro Dilemma

Listers, does God will something because it is good or is something good because God wills it? The question lies at the heart of the dialogue Euthyphro, written by Plato c. 399-395 BC, recounting a conversation between Socrates and a man named Euthyphro on the meaning of holiness. Though the dialogue overall is seeking to define...
The 3 Types of Friendship According to Aristotle

The 3 Types of Friendship According to Aristotle

Listers, Aristotle quite arguably has the most famous philosophic lesson on friendship. Aristotle, “the Philosopher,” observes there are three general lovable qualities that serve as the motives for friendship: utility, pleasure, and the good. Moreover, each type of friendship, to be an actual friendship, has the following attributes: “To be friends therefore, men must (1)...
When the World's Statesmen Called for a Patron: 24 Quotes on Thomas More's Sainthood

When the World’s Statesmen Called for a Patron: 24 Quotes on Thomas More’s Sainthood

Listers, St. Thomas More is known as the “Man for All Seasons” – but he is also a man claimed by all ages. Exactly why Sir Thomas More became a saint is a question that seems to draw out competing philosophies. In the petition to have More declared a saint, the petitioners wrote, “He was a...
Great Books: 31 Political Works Recommended by Faithful Catholic Colleges

Great Books: 31 Political Works Recommended by Faithful Catholic Colleges

Listers, certain “Great Books” have shaped the course of the Western world. Mortimer J. Adler, a Roman Catholic philosopher and professor, presented three criterion for a book to be considered “great,” he stated: The book has contemporary significance: that is, it has relevance to the problems and issues of our times. The book is inexhaustible:...
May Catholics Overthrow or Even Kill a Tyrant? - 9 Comments by Aquinas

May Catholics Overthrow or Even Kill a Tyrant? – 9 Comments by Aquinas

Listers, may Catholics overthrow or even kill a tyrant? The answer to this question is one St. Thomas Aquinas pondered over his lifetime. In contemplating the assassination of Julius Caesar, a young Aquinas seemed to state that not only can a Catholic kill a tyrant, there are times he should be praised for it. Later in life,...
4 Reasons Aquinas on Rights and Modern Individual Rights are Very Different

4 Reasons Aquinas on Rights and Modern Individual Rights are Very Different

It is true that St. Thomas Aquinas speaks of certain rights, but these rights are species of the virtue of justice. They are in absolutely no manner similar to how Hobbes, Locke, or later modernity will use the term rights.
Friendship in the Trinity: 4 Thoughts on Christian Friendship

Friendship in the Trinity: 4 Thoughts on Christian Friendship

"The union of Father and Son would be incomplete if their love did not beget a third entity, the Holy Spirit, which both proceeds from and returns the love of Father and Son."
On the Privilege of Being a Woman: 7 Quotes on True Femininity

On the Privilege of Being a Woman: 7 Quotes on True Femininity

When the time has come, nothing which is man made will subsist. One day, all human accomplishments will be reduced to a pile of ashes. But every single child to whom a woman has given birth will live forever, for he has been given an immortal soul made to God's image and likeness.
Charioteer of the Virtues: 6 Lessons on Prudence & her Contrary Vices

Charioteer of the Virtues: 6 Lessons on Prudence & her Contrary Vices

Listers, Aristotle (“the Philosopher”) defined prudence as  “right reason applied to action.”1 Similarly, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it.”2 Prudence is an indispensable part of the virtuous life. It...
The West has Lost its Moral Vocabulary: 8 Traditional Catholic Answers about Virtue

The West has Lost its Moral Vocabulary: 8 Traditional Catholic Answers about Virtue

What does it mean to be a good person? In modernity, the moral vocabulary of society has shifted from a virtue-based language to one of values. Virtues are rooted in reason and reflect a common moral standard for all men. Values are rooted in the individual and reflect an autonomous moral universe.
7 Questions on the Powers of the Human Soul Compared to Other Souls

7 Questions on the Powers of the Human Soul Compared to Other Souls

 1. What is a soul? The soul is the principle of life. Aquinas defines the soul as “the first principle of life in those things which live.”1 In Latin, the word for soul is anima, from which English derives words like animated and animation – to have an anima is to be animated. In contrast, something...
The Daughters of Lust: 5 Questions on How They Pervert the Soul

The Daughters of Lust: 5 Questions on How They Pervert the Soul

Lust is a vice that can easily consume a person's soul. The consequences are dire. Our Lady of Fatima proclaimed, 'more souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.’ Understand the vice of lust and her daughters so that the Catholic soul may stand guard against them. ...
The Queen of Sin: 10 Things Catholics Need to Know

The Queen of Sin: 10 Things Catholics Need to Know

For when the Queen of Sins has fully possessed a conquered heart, she surrenders it immediately to seven principal sins, as if to some of her generals, to lay it waste.
4 Steps to Understand the Crisis of Modernity

4 Steps to Understand the Crisis of Modernity

Though each modern philosopher worked toward his own end, they all contributed to the grand project of modernity - the emancipation of the human will from all externalities. It is not God, nature, or history that grants this life value. It is the human will.
The 6 Step Guide to Aquinas' Natural Law in a Modern World

The 6 Step Guide to Aquinas’ Natural Law in a Modern World

Aquinas teaches the three precepts of Natural Law are (1) self-preservation (2) procreation & education of offspring, and (3) natural inclination toward the good, God.
3 Steps to Understand How Humanity Participates in Natural Law

3 Steps to Understand How Humanity Participates in Natural Law

The vehicle by which man knows Natural Law is reason and understanding. Here, Aquinas makes a second important distinction – some men will understand more, some less. Aquinas is not promoting an egalitarian view of reason. All men may know, but all men will not know equally.
9 Quotes on the Dignity and Value of Women in the Catholic Church

9 Quotes on the Dignity and Value of Women in the Catholic Church

Listers, the Catholic Church has often been accused by her opponents as a misogynistic institution; however, this false accusation can be easily refuted by a careful look at what the Church actually teaches on the dignity of women. I believe that the reason for this misguided accusation streams from a faulty view of service and...
60 Philosophy Memes for you Lovers of Wisdom

60 Philosophy Memes for you Lovers of Wisdom

      What did you think? Any philosophers you would have liked to have seen? Have a meme you think should make the list? Share below. 
A Catholic Guide to Thomas Hobbes: 12 Things You Should Know

A Catholic Guide to Thomas Hobbes: 12 Things You Should Know

"I put for a general inclination of all mankind a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceases only in death."
6 Reasons Euthanasia is Incompatible with Modernity's Own Philosophy

6 Reasons Euthanasia is Incompatible with Modernity’s Own Philosophy

Drunk off its political and scientific successes, modern thought and practice have abandoned the modest and moderate beginnings of political modernity.
6 Books on Islam by Catholic Scholar Robert Spencer

6 Books on Islam by Catholic Scholar Robert Spencer

Opus Dei Father C.J. McCloskey, a Church historian and research fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, referred to Robert Spencer as "perhaps the foremost Catholic expert on Islam in our country."
The Right to Become Dead: 6 Introductory Thoughts on Assisted Suicide

The Right to Become Dead: 6 Introductory Thoughts on Assisted Suicide

If we all die, why fight to secure it as a right? The matter at hand is not death, simply speaking, but rather assisted suicide – “in short, a right to become dead, by assistance if necessary.”
5 Catholic Documents on Family, Sex, and Homosexuality

5 Catholic Documents on Family, Sex, and Homosexuality

Listers, though not an exhaustive list, we want to bring several Catholic documents to the forefront 0f the discussion of family and marriage. One of the many reasons our society cannot have a thoughtful conversation on homosexuality is because we’ve lost our vocabulary to even discuss the family. Too often a conversation on family, sex, or homosexuality devolves...