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Matt Ridley's Evolutionary Science of Lucretian Libertarianism

Laissez faire et laissez passer, le monde va de lui meme. "Let do and let pass, the world goes on by itself." This was the declaration of the French physiocrats in the 18th century that was adopted by the proponents of free-market economics and classical liberalism. Show More Summary

The Natural Desire for Beauty

Bust of Queen Nefertiti of EgyptNumber 12 on my list of 20 natural desires is beauty. Human beings generally desire beauty in the human body. Everywhere human beings distinguish beauty and ugliness in bodily appearance. They esteem the bodily signs of health and vigor. Show More Summary

Justice Abraham Lincoln's Opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges

A long list of prominent people have signed a "Statement Calling for Constitutional Resistance to Obergefell v. Hodges," which has been supported by the American Principles Project of the Witherspoon Institute at Princeton University.They...Show More Summary

Ben Carson's Creationism: Is Evolutionary Science Promoted by Satan?

As Dr. Ben Carson has risen in the opinion polls for the Republican presidential primaries, there has been increased scrutiny of his Seventh Day Adventist religion, his creationist attack on evolution, and the connection between the two. Show More Summary

Intelligent Design Theory Is a Sophistical Argument from Ignorance and Equivocation

In Chapter 7 of Darwinian Conservatism and in various posts on this blog, I have claimed that the argument for intelligent design theory (as developed by people like Michael Behe, William Dembski, and Stephen Meyer) is a sophisticalShow More Summary

Did Abraham Lincoln's Speech in Charleston Show that He Was a White Supremacist?

Lerone Bennett, Jr., is an African American historian and journalist. who has been a senior editor of Ebony magazine for many years. He attended Morehouse College, where Martin Luther King, Jr., was one of his classmates. He later wrote...Show More Summary

Animal Homosexuality: Response from Aldo Poiani

In response to my previous post, Aldo Poiani has sent me the following email message, and he has allowed me to post it here: Dear Prof. Arnhart, Many thanks for your message and link. I read your article and would like to point out the...Show More Summary

The Thomistic Natural Law of Animal Homosexuality

In explaining natural law as rooted in biological nature, Thomas Aquinas often quoted the words of the Roman jurist Ulpian at the beginning of Justinian's Institutes: "Natural right [ius naturale] is what nature has taught all animals,...Show More Summary

The Natural Law of Marriage and the Obergefell Decision: Four Possibilities

For those of us who believe there is a natural law of marriage, there are four possible ways to respond to the decision in Obergefell v. Hodges declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right.The first possible response is the oppositional position. Show More Summary

The Political Philosophy of the Declaration of Independence in the Constitution

Was Abraham Lincoln right in arguing that the political philosophy of the Declaration of Independence is implicit in the Constitution, and thus the Declaration can help us interpret the Constitution? Of course, the Constitution never explicitly refers to the Declaration. Show More Summary

Ryan Anderson's Self-Contradictory and Unconstitutional Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage

"The government should not be in the business of affirming our love lives but should leave consenting adults free to live and love as they choose."That's what Ryan Anderson says in his new book--Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage...Show More Summary

The Natural Law of Incest: Have Aquinas's "Exceptional Cases" Become the Norm?

Towards the end of his speech before a Joint Session of Congress, Pope Francis said this:"I will end my visit to your country in Philadelphia, where I will take part in the World Meeting of Families. It is my wish that throughout my visit the family should be a recurrent theme. Show More Summary

The Theistic Evolutionism of Pope Francis

Since the trip of Pope Francis to Cuba and the United States has stirred a lot of discussion of his thinking, this might be a good time to look back at my post last year on the Pope's theistic evolutionism, which denies the claim ofShow More Summary

Empirical Evidence for Thomistic Natural Law in the Pursuit of Happiness

One of the readings for my course this semester on "Natural Right and Law" is Thomas Aquinas's "Treatise on Law" in the Summa Theologica. Thomas agrees with Aristotle that the end of all human action is happiness. Natural law is about how we pursue happiness by satisfying our natural inclinations. Show More Summary

Biopolitics is Better than Genopolitics: Political Evolution in Six Dimensions

Beginning in the 1970s, a small group of political scientists joined an intellectual movement called "biopolitics" or "politics and the life sciences" (Blank et al. 2014). They had a grand vision of turning the mainstream of the discipline of political science towards a political science rooted in biological science. Show More Summary

Another Kantian Critic of Darwinian Natural Right

I have written many posts responding to the Kantian critics of Darwinian ethics and politics (from Frances Cobbe to John Hare). Recently, I noticed that Mika LaVaque-Manty (a political scientist at the University of Michigan) has written...Show More Summary

Hoppe's Libertarian History of Evolving Intelligence

Hans-Hermann Hoppe's A Short History of Man: Progress and Decline is a statement of Darwinian libertarianism in which capitalism is seen as a product of progressively evolving intelligence. (Hoppe's book can be found at the Mises Institute...Show More Summary

Oliver Sacks, 1933-2015: Natural Teleology in the Clinical Tales of a Philosophic Physician

Oliver Sacks died yesterday from cancer in New York City at the age of 82. There are two long--and very good--articles about his life in today's New York Times by Michiko Kakutani and Gregory Cowles.Dr. Sacks was a clinical neurologist,...Show More Summary

The Biology of Animal Culture Supports Aristotle Against Hobbes

One of the big debates in the history of political philosophy is over the question of whether human beings are political animals by nature comparable to other political animals. Aristotle said yes, because he thought human beings could be rightly compared with other political animals such as ants, bees, wasps, and cranes. Show More Summary

The Fourth Edition of "Political Questions" is Now Available

The fourth edition of Political Questions: Political Philosophy from Plato to Pinker (609 pages, $51.95) is now available. It can be ordered from Amazon or directly from Waveland Press.The thirteen chapters from the third edition have...Show More Summary

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