The Catholic Culture Podcast: 131 – Virtue Is Not Enough:

Apr 19, 2022:

One of the best contemporary natural law philosophers, J. Budszizewski, joins the show to discuss his new book, How (and How Not) to Be Happy:spiritual warfare in the classroom, and his journey from “macho nihilism” to faith.

Topics include:

  • Why virtue alone won’t make you happy:
  • Why the Greeks said “Call no man happy until he is dead”
  • A critique of the Stoic revival:
  • How belief in the afterlife allows us to be honest about 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 down his intellectual pride:


How (and How Not) To Be Happy:

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