Articles tagged: aristotle

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 →

Purgatory: 8 Maps of Dante's Purgatorio

Literature Theology

SPL Staff • November 7th, 2015

"The Portals of Purgatory" by Gustave Dore. Listers, "The "Divina Commedia" is an allegory of human life, in the form of a vision of the world beyond the grave, written avowedly with the object of converting a corrupt society to righteousness: "to remove those living in this life from the state... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

A Catholic Guide to Thomas Hobbes: 12 Things You Should Know

Philosophy

SPL Staff • October 19th, 2013

Listers, the Leviathan offers man salvation in a world where the state of nature is war and chaos. Peace is simply an interlude to more war. The very equality of humanity rests upon the belief that even the weakest may devise a way to murder the strongest; thus, through violence and murder, all... Read More →

10 Thoughts on Euthanasia within the Ancients & Moderns Dialogue

Philosophy

SPL Staff • September 9th, 2013

Listers, the concept of a "right to become dead" by the assistance of another is non-sensical. Neither in the ancient world's focus on natural law nor in modernity's obsession with individual rights is a right to become dead a tenable position. The following is the Part III of our discussion on... Read More →

The 2 Books by Cardinal Ratzinger that Will Change Your Life

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • March 9th, 2013

Listers, if Catholics are to live a life of virtue then there are two primary sciences - bodies of knowledge - all Catholics should study: the "Noble Science" and the "Queen of the Sciences." The corpus of writings from Cardinal Ratzinger is as vast and as it is impressive. An excellent survey of... Read More →

Modern Man Has Lost His Way: 13 Comments on the Western Heritage of Christ and Socrates

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • January 7th, 2013

Listers, Father James V. Schall S.J. is one of the preeminent Catholic political thinkers of our time. Fr. Schall's "The Point of Medieval Political Philosophy" is found within his collection of excellent essays entitled The Mind That Is Catholic: Philosophical & Political Essays__ (p.... Read More →

The Educated Catholic Voter: 10 Lists on the Catholic Citizen

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • October 29th, 2012

Listers in lieu of some comparison of fleeting political platforms and promises, SPL presents a collection of lists that articulates the Church's timeless political principles. The following lists pull from USCCB documents that address particular American politics, Vatican documents that address... Read More →

Lust and Our Common Good: 4 Observations by St. Thomas Aquinas

Theology

SPL Staff • October 3rd, 2012

Listers, a portion of St. Thomas Aquinas' brilliance is attributed to his ability to state that which we all already know but struggle to articulate. The question Is lust a sin? seems absurd, but by asking these questions and answering them in thomistic fullness the Angelic Doctor is able to lead... Read More →

The 3 Part Catechesis on St. Thomas Aquinas by Pope Benedict XVI

Theology

SPL Staff • August 6th, 2012

Part I Eucharistic Soul 9 Statements by Pope Benedict XVI on St. Thomas Aquinas Listers, Pope Benedict XVI describes St. Thomas Aquinas as having an "exquisitely Eucharistic soul." The following is taken from a talk delivered by the Holy Father on June 2nd, 2010 and he also delivered a follow... Read More →

The Enchanted Forest: 6 Political Teachings from St. Augustine

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • July 16th, 2012

Listers, the science of politics is the "noble science," because it is the highest practical science. Theology- more specifically the Sacred Doctrine of the Catholic Church - is the "Queen of the Sciences." Understanding her queenly role alongside politics has been the endeavor of many great... Read More →

Political Animals: 5 Lessons from the Opening Pages of Aristotle's Politics

Philosophy

SPL Staff • July 5th, 2012

Listers, Aristotelian political thought is at the cornerstone of Western Civilization. It is especially important in its articulation of the importance of the family or household, of natural justice, and of humans as naturally political animals. In the development of political philosophy, few... Read More →

Patriotism Is Not Enough: 7 Comments On Being a Good Man and a Good Citizen

Philosophy

SPL Staff • July 4th, 2012

1. Regime: The Spirit of Laws Listers, the term "regime" is often used as a pejorative to describe dictators and oppressive governments; however, the true and historical use of the term regime reveals a longstanding inquiry into how humans - as political animals - organize politically. Unlike... Read More →

The Best Regime: 5 Thoughts on Classical Political Philosophy

Philosophy

SPL Staff • June 15th, 2012

**Listers, when Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle spoke of politics they spoke in terms of the regime and of the best regime. **To properly unlock this term, SPL turns to Leo Strauss, a pathfinder among modern political philosophy insofar as he understood and articulated the ancient and modern's... Read More →

6 Books for a Proper Introduction to Catholic Political Thought

Philosophy

SPL Staff • June 14th, 2012

**Listers, the following texts provide an in depth introduction to Catholic political thought. **The works are arranged in a sapiential order, i.e., the prescribed order has an intentional didactic development, which should help the reader be introduced to the great depth of the Catholic... Read More →
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