Wokeism Meets French Rejection

From my recent Salvo article “Don’t Bring Wokeism to Our Country! France Rejects American-Style Culture Wars“: “Earlier this year, the New York Times ran an article about criticisms of the ‘out-of-control woke…

Gratitude, Love, and the Struggle for Spiritual Emotion

Last year I published a book about gratitude because gratitude is greatly misunderstood. It is greatly misunderstood because spiritual emotions are misunderstood. Spiritual emotions are misunderstood because struggle is misunderstood. Spiritual emotions…

Healing From Pandemic, Importance of History, Roe v. Wade, and a Podcast about Gratitude

Here are some resources from my recent publications and public speaking.   Healing From the Pandemic. Earlier in the year I was asked to give a talk for a Greek Orthodox Church,…

The Struggle for Information Literacy (and how I was banned from YouTube this morning)

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The Shallows, Schema-Formation, and Memory

I am delighted to see a new edition of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, featuring a new Afterword about smartphones and social media. On his website, Nicholas…

Josh Hawley Resurrects the Ghost of Rousseau

In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, there is a curious moment when the reader becomes aware that the animals who led the revolt against their human overlords have not only become the new…

Do Natural Rights Exist?

I have always assumed that natural rights exist. But this lecture Nigel Biggar gave at the Thomistic Institute has challenged my thinking. Biggar is author of What’s Wrong with Rights? (Oxford, 2020).…

Modern Biblical Studies Meets Eastern Orthodoxy: A Personal Defense of Historical Scholarship

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Hollowing Out the Liberal Arts

Salvo #57 is hot off the press, and I’ve written the cover story, which looks at how woke fundamentalists are attempting to cancel Western Civilization in ways reminiscent of what ISIS did…

The Illusion of Philosophical Neutrality and the Problem With Free Speech

We heard a lot last year about Facebook striving to be philosophically neutral and to preserve free speech. These are two different categories, because philosophical neutrality is not the same as free…

Absolved From Being Good-Mannered: The Romantic Totalitarianism of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

In her 1910 publication, Euthenics: The Science of Controllable Environment, Ellen H Richards wrote that, The control of man’s environment for his own good as a function of government is a comparatively…

Purity Culture from Foucault to COVID

In Michel Foucault’s 1975 book, Discipline and Punish, the French philosopher traced the origin of the modern age to a quarantine that occurred towards the end of the seventeenth century in the…



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Posted by Salvo on Wednesday, May 5, 2021

This year has been a year of trouble, ranging from COVID-19 and its aftermath, to civil unrest. The troubles that...

Posted by Ancient Faith Radio on Tuesday, August 18, 2020

In my forthcoming book with Ancient Faith about gratitude, I have a chapter about why it’s important for each of us to...

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In this recent interview with Ancient Faith, I share some of the personal factors that led me to write Gratitude in Life...

Posted by Robin Phillips on Monday, September 14, 2020