Articles tagged: ethics

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 →

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 →

6 Reasons Euthanasia is Incompatible with Modernity's Own Philosophy

Philosophy

SPL Staff • July 27th, 2013

Listers, this is Part II of an ongoing in depth discussion on euthanasia - "the right to become dead." The list relies on the wisdom of Leon Kass and his discussion of how the right to become dead isn't even compatible with the modernity's own philosophy. It should be noted that the article... Read More →

The Right to Become Dead: 6 Introductory Thoughts on Assisted Suicide

Philosophy

SPL Staff • June 3rd, 2013

Listers, is there a right to assisted suicide - what type of right do people claim it is? To address this question, we turn to the mind of Leon Kass. Though not a Catholic, Kass' understanding of natural law and ills of modernity is better than most. His treatment of assisted suicide is... Read More →

Think Animals and Plants Do Not Have Souls? - 3 Lists to Make You Think Again

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • August 29th, 2012

Listers, it is my experience that two immediate thoughts occur when a Catholic reads about Sacred Tradition holding animals and plants to have souls. The first is the thought of heresy or some modernist revision of a classic teaching is being submitted. Normally the quick acknowledgment that... Read More →

7 Introductory Catholic Thoughts on Machiavelli's The Prince

Philosophy

SPL Staff • March 8th, 2012

**Listers, the term Machiavellian is synonymous with cunning and unscrupulous political action. **The cultural reputation of Niccolo Machiavelli may be summed up in the fact that the term Old Nick stems directly from his name and is a term for the Devil. In general, Machiavelli is seen as the... Read More →
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