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  • Who Was Jean-Jacques Rousseau?

    Who Was Jean-Jacques Rousseau?1

    “Masochist, exhibitionist, neurasthenic, hypochondriac, incapable of normal or parental affection, incipient paranoiac, narcissistic introvert … pathologically timid, a kleptomaniac, infantilist, irritable, and miserly.” This is how one scholar has diagnosed Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Harsh though this may sound, the details of Rousseau’s life (1712–1778) bear out this description. Rousseau’s ideas are at the foundation of the

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  • Our Culture of Narcissism Fosters Misery. Here’s Why.

    Our Culture of Narcissism Fosters Misery. Here’s Why.2

    “You be you.” “Follow your heart.” “Pursue your dreams.” “Be yourself.” Such are the individualistic mantras of the 21st century, which continually call us to look inward for our “true selves” and lasting happiness. Historian and social critic Christopher Lasch called this a culture of narcissism. But does happiness truly come from within? Thaddeus Williams

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  • Tradition: Good or Bad? How Francis Bacon Approached Communal Customs

    Tradition: Good or Bad? How Francis Bacon Approached Communal Customs0

    Almost single-handedly, Sir Francis Bacon popularized the scientific method. He’s credited, too, with inspiring “the modern world as we currently know it.” In his remarkable works (such as his famous Essays), Bacon drew heavily on ancient literature and proverbs: He looked to the past as well as toward the future. In our fast-changing times, we

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