Philosophy and Ideas

Three Guys From Vienna

Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, and Carl Jung were associates for a period of time in Vienna as each developed his own approach to psychotherapy. In the following collection of articles, Vision examines how these three approaches have withstood the test of time.


Six Dominant Ideas

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. One ancient Greek philosopher went so far as to pronounce the concept of strife a fundamental truth of nature. His ideas have had a surprising influence on modern thinkers and, as a result, on our society.

The Man Who Knew Everything

Summer 2013

Aristotle: The Man Who Knew Everything

Daniel Tompsett

A debate between methods of attaining knowledge: one divinely revealed, the other gained by rational inquiry remains prominent today and 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, and what does it actually mean?

BIography: Carl Jung

Fall 2011

Carl Jung: Forever Jung

Gina Stepp

Carl Gustav Jung is best known as one of the fathers of modern psychotherapy alongside his erstwhile associates Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler. Understanding something of his profound influence is critical for anyone who wants to better understand the current state of Western culture.

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.