Scientific Moonshine

In 1854, Frederick Douglass addressed the Philozetian Society of Western Reserve College, Ohio on the then-contentious question of whether “negroes” are human beings. As those denying the “claims of the negro” readily admitted, humanity is accompanied by certain inalienable rights and liberties, the denial of which constitutes “the greatest wrong and robbery” on the partContinue reading “Scientific Moonshine”

The Proper Attitude of Man

The good is that which is in accord with objective reality. An insight into the nature of the good makes certain attitudes impossible. It makes impossible the attitude of always referring to oneself and to the judgment of one’s conscience. The man who wishes to realize the good does not look upon his own act,Continue reading “The Proper Attitude of Man”

Terrifying Drivel

In 1933, Josef Pieper, assistant in a sociological research institute, published a brief treatise, “formulated in the requisite scientific jargon,” patiently identifying and correcting major blind spots of eminent experts in the field. Very soon, Pieper was to leave behind the jargon, and the field itself. Many decades later, however, he was inspired to revisitContinue reading “Terrifying Drivel”