Philosophy & Culture

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The Limitations of Scientism

“Whoever appeals to any science in order to justify his basic convictions inspires distrust of his honesty or his intelligence” -Nicolas Gomez-Davila It seems that in this age of ours, defined as it is by an unsettling uncertainty of our most cherished assumptions, and a fashionable postmodern relativism, it is paradoxically not so much conducive…

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The Freedom Trap

  The last eighty years has been a time of unprecedented liberality and emancipation for women at all levels of society. Indeed, in many spheres their success is beginning to eclipse that of their ancient and feckless foe: men. In an information-sharing economy not founded upon the sweat of labour (not western sweat, at any…

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The Lure of the Cafeteria: A Catholic Perspective on the “Culture Wars”

“Atop the bell tower of the modern church the progressive clergyman, instead of a cross, places a weathervane” – Nicolas Gomez-Davila Dear reader, it can be said that many significant legal rulings and legislative efforts which have characterized recent times, whether in Ireland’s referendum result on the legal sanctioning of same-sex relations as being equivalent…

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What about drugs?

What about drugs?   I watched a TED talk commentary a week ago about the power of vulnerability. The speaker discussed the importance of showing ones vulnerable side to others, positing that such is an important step towards personal fulfillment and happiness. She added that in the modern world we tend to cover up this…

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The Toilet as Sanctuary

Of all the rooms in one’s house there’s hardly any place more intimate than the toilet, for there we spend time alone to celebrate the daily rituals of life, these being the therapeutic acts of relieving oneself, or bathing, or brushing one’s teeth, etc. At first glimpse it seems these would fall under the category…