Philosophy and Ideas

Summer 2017

Bursting the Post-Truth Bubbles

Daniel Tompsett

We live at the dawn of a new “Enlightenment.” Only this one has little to do with reason and rationalism.

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?

Special Report: Ideas That Shaped Modern Thought
Special Reports

Ideas That Shaped Modern Thought

Many of the ideas we’ve absorbed from birth are based on flawed thinking or incomplete understanding. But which ones?

Special Report: Three Guys from Vienna
Special Reports

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.

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?