Alan Jacobs

Posts in category “Ethics”

The Trade-In Society

We are becoming habituated to making the nuclear option the first option.

Posted January 25th, 2016

On Suicide and Marriage

Does caring for each other in suffering only fulfill the marital bonds within a religious framework?

Posted January 21st, 2016

Parting the Veil of Ignorance

The Wheaton College conflict cannot be abstracted away from the real humans involved

Posted January 12th, 2016


Refuting the Kentucky Clerk—and defending her

Posted September 2nd, 2015

The Selfish Babette

This morning Rod calls our attention to this post about cooking the …

Posted August 2nd, 2013

How Dare You?

Sometimes people quit the internet — and quit other things because of …

Posted August 1st, 2013

The End of Growth?

Go for prosperity—but prepare yourself to live decently in relative poverty.

Posted July 29th, 2013

Problems of Engineering and Problems of Life

One of the key themes of the book I’m just beginning to …

Posted July 26th, 2013

The Pathetic Loser and His Friends

When The Onion is good, it’s really good: Former classmates also confirmed …

Posted July 24th, 2013

God’s Hotel

Over at Books and Culture, a very thoughtful review is behind a …

Posted July 23rd, 2013

The Walking Boy

A story of boyhood racism and violence in Birmingham, Alabama

Posted July 16th, 2013

Ibby Jaaber’s Conscience

Here’s a really interesting story about Ibby Jaaber, an American Muslim playing …

Posted July 15th, 2013

Allen Tate and My Conscience

It’s not often that my conscience troubles me — annoying thing, a …

Posted July 13th, 2013

More on Stoicism

Let me just follow up a bit on my recent pronouncing of …

Posted July 11th, 2013

The Moral Value of Meditation

If you prefer to think well of humanity, I’d advise you not …

Posted July 10th, 2013

My Beef with Stoicism

If you haven’t read Rod’s post on Binx Bolling’s Aunt Emily, please …

Posted July 9th, 2013

The Old Ones

In a lovely new essay on turning 80, Oliver Sacks writes, My …

Posted July 9th, 2013