Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics

Recommended Book of the Week

By Aristotle

The “Nicomachean Ethics” is arguably the most important ethical treatise in the Western tradition. In this text, Aristotle argues that what is good for human beings is determined by our nature. We are by nature rational animals; our good is a rational good; to flourish is to live a life of practical rationality and contemplation of … Continue reading Recommended Book of the Week

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Apology

Apology

Plato

The “Apology” (of Socrates) is the most famous dialogue written by Plato. It is one of the main historical sources of Socrates’ life and thought because, as is well known, Socrates has never written anything. The dialogue tells the story of the trial to Socrates and his condemnation to death. Socrates was accused of moral corruption … Continue reading Apology

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Cicero on friendship

On Friendship

By Cicero

“On Friendship” by Cicero is one of the key texts of Western civilization in which we can appreciate the genesis and development of our concepts of love, friendship, and virtue. It is written in the form of a pleasant, imaginary dialogue between Gaius Laelius and his two sons in law, Gaius Fannius, and Quintus Mucius … Continue reading On Friendship

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Democratic Government

Philosophy Of Democratic Government

by Yves R. Simon

“Philosophy Of Democratic Government” is one of the most renowned books by famous Thomist philosopher Yves R. Simon. It is a “complete treatise of political philosophy” that “demonstrates Yves R. Simon’s belief that, even in the best conceivable circumstances, government is needed to determine direction toward the common good and to provide the means for … Continue reading Philosophy Of Democratic Government

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Democracy in America

Democracy in America

by Alexis de Tocqueville

“Democracy in America,” by Alexis de Tocqueville, is a must read on early American history and America’s evolving democracy. “In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French aristocrat and ambitious civil servant, set out from post-revolutionary France on a journey across America that would take him 9 months and cover 7,000 miles. The result was Democracy in … Continue reading Democracy in America

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Modern Atheism Cornelio Fabro

God in Exile: Modern Atheism

By Cornelio Fabro

Cornelio Fabro’s major 1200-page work, “God in Exile: Modern Atheism,” is probably the most comprehensive and enlightening history of modern atheism available in the book market. It is unfortunately out of print but available in many libraries. Cornelio Fabro is one of the deepest and most important Thomist philosophers and theologians from last century. He … Continue reading God in Exile: Modern Atheism

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The Ratzinger Report

The Ratzinger Report

By Joseph Ratzinger

“The Ratzinger Report is a book-long interview with then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger that his friend and former student, Father Joseph Fessio, S.J., says could be called the “Magna Carta” of the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI. *** Here is the comlete text of a meeting many have called a “historical turnabout” in the Church. The roots … Continue reading The Ratzinger Report

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False Witness Rodney Stark

Bearing False Witness

By Rodney Stark

In “Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History,” Rodney Stark, one of the most highly regarded sociologists of religion and bestselling author of The Rise of Christianity (HarperSanFrancisco 1997) argues that some of our most firmly held ideas about history, ideas that paint the Catholic Church in the least positive light are, in fact, fiction. Why have we … Continue reading Bearing False Witness

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spirit Etienne Gilson

The Spirit of Mediaeval Philosophy

By Etienne Gilson

The Spirit of Mediaeval Philosophy by famous Thomist Etienne Gilson is one of the most important books on the concept of Christian Philosophy. “In this book (a translation of his well-known work _ L’esprit de la philosophie medievale,_ Etienne Gilson undertakes the task of defining the spirit of mediaeval philosophy. Gilson asks whether we can … Continue reading The Spirit of Mediaeval Philosophy

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Iliad

Iliad

Homer

The Iliad, attributed to the greek poet Homer, is one of the greatest epic poems of all time. “The Iliad is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, for which Barry Powell, one of the twenty-first century’s leading Homeric scholars, has given us a magnificent new translation. Graceful, lucid, and energetic, Powell’s translation renders … Continue reading Iliad

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