Fall 2016

Mistakes Were Made

Dan Cloer

Science has given us answers to many questions, but what gives us confidence in those answers? Can what we come to believe actually bring about our demise?

cognitive biases and critical thinking

Fall 2015

Checking the Bias

Laura Cloer

Though we’d all like to believe otherwise, our views and opinions may not stem from sound thinking. How can we ensure that wisdom prevails?

Biography: Thomas Aquinas

Fall 2015

Thomas Aquinas: In the Light of Human Reason

Donald Winchester

Among Roman Catholic thinkers, Thomas Aquinas stands out for his integration of Greek philosophy with the dogmas of the church—an approach that has had a profound and lasting effect on the Christian world.

Philosophical questions: What is Propaganda

Winter 2015

The Propagandizing of Propaganda

Donald Winchester

Propaganda is about manipulation. But over the past century, the concept itself has been manipulated. Do you still recognize it when you see it?

The Theater of War

Fall 2013

The Theater of War

Daniel Tompsett

Since at least the time of Homer and his epic account of the Trojan War, people have glorified warfare and reveled in it as entertainment.

The Man Who Knew Everything

Summer 2013

Aristotle: The Man Who Knew Everything

Daniel Tompsett

Today’s debate between methods of attaining knowledge—one divinely revealed, the other gained by rational inquiry—is a significant aspect of Aristotle’s legacy.

Trust Revisited

Summer 2012

Trust Revisited

Thomas E. Fitzpatrick

References to a supreme Being are common in American culture. Even the nation’s currency proclaims, “In God We Trust.” How did this come to be?

Biography-Carl Jung-Forever Jung

Fall 2011

Carl Jung: Forever Jung

Gina Stepp

Carl Gustav Jung founded an approach he named Analytical Psychology, many tenets of which have led some to refer to him as a “founding father of the New Age.”

The Eternal Quest: What Is Truth?

Spring 2011

The Eternal Quest: What Is Truth?

Peter Nathan

True or false. Black or white. This or that. Is truth a simple binary choice? Does it change with the times? Neither science nor philosophy—nor traditional religion—has provided satisfactory answers. 

In Pursuit of Veritas: What Is Truth?

Spring 2011

In Pursuit of Veritas

Donald R. Hornsby

In the Graeco-Roman world, the goddess Veritas embodied all that was understood as “truth.” What is truth and how can we recognize it?