The Catholic Culture Podcast: 131 – Virtue is not enough

April 19, 2022

One of the top contemporary natural law philosophers, J. Budszizewski joins the show to discuss his new book. How (and how not) to be happyspiritual warfare in the classroom and his journey from “macho nihilism” to faith.

Topics include:

  • Why virtue alone does not bring happiness
  • Why the Greeks said, “Don’t call anyone happy until they’re dead”
  • A critique of the Stoic Revival
  • How belief in the afterlife enables us to be honest about the suffering in this life
  • Teaching secular students about natural law
  • Breaking through people’s self-deception
  • Budszizewski’s youthful embrace of nihilism and how God broke his intellectual pride


How (and how not) to be happy

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