Conservatives (and libertarians) must confront the Enlightenment’s failures, and address the philosophical triumph of its critics.
Jonah Goldberg is certainly not naive about the role religion plays in the ‘miracle’ of western classical liberalism. ‘Suicide of the West’ is best understood as an apologetic to non-conservatives.
A New York Times Magazine hit piece says more about the mainstream media than it says about Jordan Peterson.
We can’t be content to view ‘Laurel Versus Yanny’ as a fun intellectual puzzle. No, somebody has to claim it proves everything is subjective.
Some conservatives are dismissing the eighteenth-century Enlightenment and trying to surrender its brilliant legacy to the enemies of Enlightenment on the Left.
The Scottish Enlightenment was an explosion of creative intellectual energy. It arrived just in time to have a decisive influence on the American Founders.
Why do intellectuals still cling to Marxism? The answer is that Communism is ‘idealist’ in the strict philosophical sense. And that’s not a good thing.
Words can now literally be defined with their antonym. We are a hair’s width and an ounce of stupidity away from ‘war is peace, freedom is slavery.’
There is no higher ethical standard in using violence than to subdue an enemy without killing him. This requires the highest competence.
Marco Rubio finally gets it right. We do need philosophers, and the past few years demonstrate just how badly we need them.
American Greatness goes beyond normal establishment-bashing to claim the problem with conservatism is that there is nothing left in the status quo to be conserved.
Leftism’s cult of youth is coming out in glorious display by showcasing Stoneman Douglas High School students and their pending movement for severe gun control measures.
Steven Pinker oversimplifies the Enlightenment by claiming it pits reason against faith. In fact, the Enlightenment sprung from Christian ideas of nature.
Because of his understanding of rationalism and psychological emphasis, Jordan Peterson prepares the soul more for Gnostic spirituality than Christian orthodoxy.
Ta-Nehisi Coates has accidentally hit upon a central Christian doctrine that Christians refuse to talk about: We are guilty, and we can do nothing about it.
Taken at face value, the problem of evil appears to be a devastatingly convincing argument against the existence of the Christian God.
Had the sickly mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal been expected to shift for himself more, would he have burned as brilliantly? Perhaps. But then again, perhaps not.
Salvation occurs as the Gnostic awakens (ahem!) to the prison house he is in and breaks free (violently if need be) from his prison.
Science-based thinking is a valuable tool: it tells us what we can do. But it cannot say a word about what we ought to do.
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