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by on September 7th, 2017

Michael Cromartie created something—a web of people with a distinctive light infusing their work and relationships—that will persist long after his death.

by on September 6th, 2017

The AMA’s Code of Medical Ethics is a cautionary tale of what happens when medical ethics are grounded in social policy and personal intuitions rather than timeless, universal, and immutable moral truths.

by on September 5th, 2017

Labor Day gives us an important opportunity to reflect not only on the meaning of our work but also on how we choose to spend our leisure time.

by on September 1st, 2017

Public Discourse offers readers the opportunity to deepen and broaden their educations, applying solid philosophical principles to the problems that plague our politics and culture.

by on August 31st, 2017

A new children’s book provides a way to introduce children to Christian-Muslim relations by celebrating robust and full religious expression in a diverse society.

by on August 29th, 2017

If we approach it correctly, travel can help us to see the beauty of other cultures and ways of life without denigrating either the primacy of truth or one’s own native country.

by on August 29th, 2017

Many of our schools are breeding grounds for cynicism. Schools need to be “thick” institutions that tutor students’ deep human needs of happiness, friendship, approval, and rootedness.

by on August 28th, 2017

Many adults discover that their undergraduate education has provided little material for real intellectual, creative, or spiritual life. St. John’s Graduate Institute, emphasizing Great Books and discussion, furnishes an invaluable model for educating adults with non-professional, life-informing goals.

by on August 25th, 2017

On this tenth anniversary of the birth of the first smartphone, the day of reckoning is at hand: how will we Millennials produce the next generation of great books when the smartphone has killed our capacity to concentrate?

by on August 24th, 2017

We are physiophobes: we are afraid of, or we detest, the way things are. We take no delight in the real. We do not revel in boys being boys and girls being girls, and their coming together in marriage, the real thing, to make children, real children.

by on August 23rd, 2017

A philosophy professor reflects on the poor arguments that convince his students of the justice of abortion.

by on August 22nd, 2017

The idea of national sovereignty is indispensable to any coherent discussion of immigration policy.

by on August 21st, 2017

An ordinance passed in St. Louis, Missouri, prohibits discrimination in housing or employment on the basis of “reproductive health decisions.” Promoted as an anti-discrimination measure, the law’s actual purpose is to destroy the self-government of religious and pro-life organizations.

by on August 18th, 2017

It is a natural thing for southerners to be drawn to Lee’s memory and to look up in admiration at a statue in his likeness. But the fact remains: such statues say to black Americans, in the voice of the unreconstructed white majority, “We’re back in charge, and don’t you forget it.”

by on August 17th, 2017

If major leaders in the gay movement cannot keep up with its constant invention of new “rights,” then they certainly can’t shame others for failing to do so.

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