Philosophy

Serpents & Doves: 30 Maxims on Worldly Wisdom by Fr. Baltasar Gracián SJ

Philosophy

SPL Staff • August 28th, 2016

Portrait of Baltasar Gracian preserved in Graus, restored. Wiki. Listers, our Lord said, "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves."1 Despite the millennia, the Church appears to still lack a guide to the practicality of being both wise... Read More →

On God & Goodness: 8 Lessons on the Euthyphro Dilemma

Philosophy

SPL Staff • July 24th, 2016

Listers, does God will something because it is good or is something good because God wills it? The question lies at the heart of the dialogue Euthyphro, written by Plato c. 399-395 BC, recounting a conversation between Socrates and a man named Euthyphro on the meaning of holiness. Though the... Read More →

The 3 Types of Friendship According to Aristotle

Philosophy

SPL Staff • July 17th, 2016

Listers, Aristotle quite arguably has the most famous philosophic lesson on friendship. Aristotle, "the Philosopher," observes there are three general lovable qualities that serve as the motives for friendship: utility, pleasure, and the good. Moreover, each type of friendship, to be an actual... Read More →

When the World's Statesmen Called for a Patron: 24 Quotes on Thomas More's Sainthood

history Philosophy

SPL Staff • August 14th, 2015

Listers, St. Thomas More is known as the "Man for All Seasons" - but he is also a man claimed by all ages. Exactly why Sir Thomas More became a saint is a question that seems to draw out competing philosophies. In the petition to have More declared a saint, the petitioners wrote, "He was a martyr... Read More →

Great Books: 31 Political Works Recommended by Faithful Catholic Colleges

Literature Philosophy

SPL Staff • May 15th, 2015

Listers, certain "Great Books" have shaped the course of the Western world. Mortimer J. Adler, a Roman Catholic philosopher and professor, presented three criterion for a book to be considered "great," he stated: The book has contemporary significance: that is, it has relevance to the problems... Read More →

May Catholics Overthrow or Even Kill a Tyrant? - 9 Comments by Aquinas

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • May 11th, 2015

Listers, may Catholics overthrow or even kill a tyrant? The answer to this question is one St. Thomas Aquinas pondered over his lifetime. In contemplating the assassination of Julius Caesar, a young Aquinas seemed to state that not only can a Catholic kill a tyrant, there are times he should be... Read More →

4 Reasons Aquinas on Rights and Modern Individual Rights are Very Different

Philosophy

SPL Staff • March 16th, 2015

Listers, at an academic seminar studying the differences between ancient and modern thought, the concept of individual rights was presented. It was stated that the modern notion of individual rights (and even the natural right concepts of early modernity) was in direct contradiction to the... Read More →

Friendship in the Trinity: 4 Thoughts on Christian Friendship

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • March 15th, 2015

Listers, "There is nothing closer to the heart of a twenty year old," states Fr. James V. Schall, S.J., "than that of friendship: how it is gained and how it is lost. If you do not understand this, you do not understand life." [i] The ability to develop friendships is one of the greatest gifts of... Read More →

On the Privilege of Being a Woman: 7 Quotes on True Femininity

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • March 2nd, 2015

Click to view it on Amazon. Listers, what is true femininity? In her excellent short work entitled The Privilege of Being a Woman, Alice von Hildebrand deftly describes true femininity. In history, women have either been "denigrated as lower than men" or "viewed as privileged." In... Read More →

Charioteer of the Virtues: 6 Lessons on Prudence & her Contrary Vices

Philosophy

SPL Staff • December 29th, 2014

Listers, Aristotle ("the Philosopher") defined prudence as  "right reason applied to action."1 Similarly, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, "prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving... Read More →

The West has Lost its Moral Vocabulary: 8 Traditional Catholic Answers about Virtue

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • November 1st, 2014

Listers, what does it mean to be a good person? In modernity, the moral vocabulary of society has shifted from a virtue-based language to one of values. Virtues are rooted in reason and reflect a common moral standard for all men. Values are rooted in the individual and reflect an autonomous... Read More →

7 Questions on the Powers of the Human Soul Compared to Other Souls

Philosophy

SPL Staff • October 17th, 2014

 1. What is a soul? The soul is the principle of life. Aquinas defines the soul as "the first principle of life in those things which live."1 In Latin, the word for soul is anima, from which English derives words like animated and animation - to have an anima is to be animated. In contrast,... Read More →

The Daughters of Lust: 5 Questions on How They Pervert the Soul

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • September 4th, 2014

Listers, if a person invites lust into his heart, the daughters of lust will soon follow and nest deep within it. A vice is not a single act. Both vice and virtue are habits. Habits are described by both Aristotle and Aquinas as a species of the category of "quality," and qualities are... Read More →

The Queen of Sin: 10 Things Catholics Need to Know

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • August 2nd, 2014

Listers, the Queen of Sin conquers the hearts of men and surrenders them to her generals. It is a war of vice and virtue. No individual, however, becomes virtuous or vicious because of a single act. Both virtue and vice are habits. The Philosopher, Aristotle, defines a habit as "a disposition... Read More →

4 Steps to Understand the Crisis of Modernity

history Philosophy

SPL Staff • July 29th, 2014

Listers, modernity developed as a rejection. Though each modern philosopher worked toward his own end, they all contributed to the grand project of modernity - the emancipation of the human will from all externalities. It is not God, nature, or history that grants this life value. It is the human... Read More →

9 Official Guidelines Outlining the Social Responsibility of Catholic Hospitals

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • July 26th, 2014

Listers, the following are official guidelines given to Catholic healthcare systems by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops ("USCCB"). These are the first nine directives out of a total of seventy-two guiding everything from employment opportunities to contraception. The first nine... Read More →

The 6 Step Guide to Aquinas' Natural Law in a Modern World

Philosophy

SPL Staff • March 16th, 2014

Brief Outline of the Four Laws Eternal Law – A type of the Divine Wisdom of God that moves all things to their end. Divine Law – The historical laws of Scripture given to man through God's self-revelation. The Old Law – Extrinsic focus, fear, and earthly rewards – foreshadows the NT The New... Read More →

3 Steps to Understand How Humanity Participates in Natural Law

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • March 8th, 2014

The Four Laws Eternal Law – A type of Divine Wisdom of God that moves all things to their end. Divine Law – The historical laws of Scripture given to man through God's self-revelation. The Old Law – Extrinsic focus, fear, and earthly rewards – foreshadows the NT The New Law – Intrinsic focus,... Read More →

9 Quotes on the Dignity and Value of Women in the Catholic Church

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • February 16th, 2014

Listers, the Catholic Church has often been accused by her opponents as a misogynistic institution; however, this false accusation can be easily refuted by a careful look at what the Church actually teaches on the dignity of women. I believe that the reason for this misguided accusation streams... Read More →

60 Philosophy Memes for you Lovers of Wisdom

Philosophy

SPL Staff • December 16th, 2013

      What did you think? Any philosophers you would have liked to have seen? Have a meme you think should make the list? Share below.  Read More →
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