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Individual Employers and the Principle of Legitimate Cooperation: the HHS Mandate

As of August 1, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services requires that every employer with 50 or more full-time employees must provide coverage in their group health plans for a coterie...

Two Kinds of Happiness: How a New Study Confirms Old Truths

I’m always intrigued when I happen upon a clinical study that implicates important philosophical truths.[1]

The science:

Principal investigators Professor Barbara L. Fredrickson[2] and Dr. Stephen Cole[3] set out to test how feelings of happiness (good psychological health) impact the human immune system (bodily health). Their guiding referent was the hypothesis of a previous investigation in which a group of psychologically unhappy participants—all suffering from chronic stress or poor psychological health—uniformly...

When Physiology Facilitates Morality: Good News for Biological Fathers

Augustine astutely quashed the 5th century pagan contention that Christian belief is both superstitious and barbaric...