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