Moral Philosophy and Ethics

El Paso: The Real Root Causes of Mass Shootings

BY SELWYN DUKE In the El Paso shooting’s wake, evident is the same wash-rinse-repeat pattern. There are the inevitable calls for gun control by demagogues...

Hey, “Trans” Men in Women’s Sports: Good Luck, Fellas’ — Go for the Gold!

BY SELWYN DUKE “Equality” cries were cherished by feminists when they gave females entry into military academies, boardrooms and the ranks of police; prize-money parity...

Evil and God: Reflections of a Former Atheist

BY PHILIP VANDER ELST In my early twenties, before my conversion to Christianity in 1976, I did not believe that our world offered entirely convincing...

Who is God?

BY RICKY VALADEZ Throughout the ages philosophers, scientists, and most of the great thinkers have contemplated this question.  Many of greatest truth seekers have succeeded...

Atheism and the Texas Church Shooter

BY SELWYN DUKE “If God does not exist, everything is permitted,” wrote Fyodor Dostoevsky in The Brothers Karamazov. Mentioning this in association with Devin Patrick...

Augustine: Searching for Truth and Wisdom

BY LAWRENCE W. REED To write about a man known chiefly as a theologian — a bishop in the early Catholic Church, no less —...

Adler ‘On The Relativity of Values’

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. Dear Dr. Adler, History and anthropology reveal great variation in moral standards and beliefs among various peoples and cultures. Are there...

On Romantic Love

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. A Conversation Between Max Weismann and Dr. Mortimer Adler WEISMANN: Could you help us and begin by naming the three bad...

The Criterion of Truth

THE PROBLEM OF KNOWLEDGE A Brief Introduction to Epistemology, Part 13 BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. We have a knowledge of reality. Reality is presented to us by...

Medicine and Morals

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. INTRODUCTION by Max Weismann In 1936, Mortimer J. Adler delivered a series of lectures at the Institute for Psychoanalysis in Chicago....

Habits, Good and Bad

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Looked at one way, all habits are perfections, whether good or bad. They are improvements of the nature we come...

Adler: The Mistake of Giving Primacy of the Right Over the Good

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. The domain of justice is divided into two main spheres of interest. One is concerned with the justice of the...

Does the End Justify the Means?

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Does the end justify the means? Can it sometimes be right to use a bad means to achieve a good...

The Ethics of Enough

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Who has not said or heard someone else say "Enough is enough"? The statement is a tautology and, as such,...

On Moral Philosophy

by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. Philosophy, seeking to establish itself as knowledge rather than mere speculation and unfounded opinion, is afflicted with a series of...

THE ETHICS OF COMMON SENSE

The Only Moral Philosophy That Is Sound, Practical, and Undogmatic BY MORTIMER J. ADLER The teleological ethics of common sense is the only moral philosophy that...

Aristotle’s Ethics: The Theory of Happiness – II

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER The main point we have seen so far is that, for Aristotle, a happy life is a good life. In other...

Aristotle’s Ethics: The Theory of Happiness – I

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER The Humanities represent man's concern with man and with the human world. In that concern there is no more important problem than...

John Locke: Philosopher of Freedom and Natural Rights

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. It is an undisputed fact of history that the gems of the American Declaration of Independence are contained in the writings of...

The Great Conversation

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER Happy is the man who, in the course of a complete life, attains everything he desires, provided he desire nothing...

Equality and Liberty: Can We Integrate These Two Concepts?

JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. The Greek philosopher, Socrates, once said that the unexamined life is not worth living. With all due apologies to that great thinker,...

The Special Treatment Homosexuals Demand

BY SELWYN DUKE There is one particular thing that illustrates better than anything else the unreasonableness — and some would say gall — of...

Rise of the Professional Slut

BY SELWYN DUKE “There was a time when you knew who the bad girls were,” someone close to me once said. “Now you know...

The Public Consequences of So-Called Private Choices

BY STEVE FARRELL Should the decision to partake of illegal drugs become sacrosanct, now and forever? Or to put it another way, are all moral choices,...

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT and HUMAN RIGHTS

by Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. Is the imposition of the death penalty on an individual for committing certain particularly heinous crimes against society a violation of...

Individualism and the Common Good

by Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. One of the concepts which seems to present difficulties to individualists and libertarians is the concept of the "common good." This...

Moral mis-education and the decline of the AmericanCulture

by Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. There appears to be common agreement today that the moral condition of the American culture is not good. Over the past thirty-five...

So What if Cliven Bundy is a “Racist”?

BY SELWYN DUKE For the record, I don’t believe Cliven Bundy is a “racist.” For the record, I don’t even care. Such indifference to that damnable failing,...

The Myth of Moral Relativism: A Reply to a Critique of My Essay

by Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. I received this critique of my essay "The Myth of Moral Relativism" from A.R.M., a reader who resides in Canada. I...

Vladimir Putin Caesar and Our Great Geo-political Turning Point

BY SELWYN DUKE We are witnessing, I believe, a turning point in geopolitical history, one future historians may analyze as we have the Roman...