Thomas More on the Perils of Modern Mobility

There is a telling moment early in Thomas More’s Utopia when the traveler Raphael Hythloday—who will soon claim to have visited the Island of Utopia—recounts meeting a group of foreign sailors...

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Is History an Upward Progression?

In 1848, English historian Thomas Babington Macaulay, writing of English history since the Glorious Revolution of 1688, confidently proclaimed English history was “eminently the history physical, of...

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Nihilism and the Internet Age

The last few years have seen a remarkable number of publications grappling with the negative effects of the Internet. These books describe, from various points of view, the unintended consequences of...

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2015 Ciceronian Society Conference, March 12-14th

The 2015 Ciceronian Society Conference at Mount Saint Mary’s University (Emmitsburg, Maryland), March 12th - 14th: We are pleased to announce that John Zmirak, Ph.D., will be our keynote...

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‘Can the Future Be Perfect?’ A Review of Steven Johnson’s Future Perfect

Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age By Steven Johnson Riverhead Books, 2012, 229pp.

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Gnosticism and Modernity: Voegelin’s Reconsiderations Twenty Years after The New Science of Politics

In 1971, Notre Dame University held a conference to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Voegelin's Walgren Lectures given at the University of Chicago and published the following year as The...

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Nikolai Berdiaev and Spiritual Freedom

“Victory over death-bearing time has been the fundamental theme of my life,” says Berdiaev in the introduction to his Spiritual Autobiography.1 Composed during the last decade of his life, this...

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Josef Pieper’s Contemplative Assent to the World

I.  We must know where to doubt, where to feel certain, where to submit. He who does not do so, understands not the force of reason. There are some who offend against these three rules, either by...

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Ciceronian Society Conference Schedule, March 27th – 29th

The 2014 Ciceronian Society Conference at Mount Saint Mary’s University (Emmitsburg, Maryland) is quickly approaching. Below is our schedule for March 27th - 29th. Several notable intellectuals will...

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Science and the Restoration of Culture

My first point is scarcely controversial: From the eighteenth century onwards, I maintain, science has been the major determinant of culture in the West. The influence may be direct or mediated, and...

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