Author Archives: Ron Belgau

About Ron Belgau

I am the founder of Spiritual Friendship; I studied philosophy and literature at University of Washington, and philosophy at Saint Louis University and Notre Dame; I have also taught medical ethics, philosophy of the human person, ethics, and philosophy of religion at Saint Louis University.

Democracy and equality

The coverage of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, with the emphasis on the fact that she was the first female Prime Minister of Britain, got me thinking a bit about democracy and equality. We usually assume that these go hand in hand: … Continue reading

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A note to my gun-owning friends

[Note: This post was written on the day of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.] I’m not a gun control extremist. I grew up in a rural area, and know that there are lots of legitimate reasons to … Continue reading

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The power of arguments?

I talked to a friend of mine today. He was frustrated with a long philosophical discussion he had with some of his friends. The upshot of it all was that after hours of argument, he had made no progress in … Continue reading

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Democracy and the nuclear state

Perhaps the most striking sentence I came across in my readings on the atomic bomb had nothing (directly) to do the morality of the atomic bombs. As the Manhattan Project neared completion, General Leslie Groves, the project’s head, commissioned a … Continue reading

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Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Sixty-seven years ago this month, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing somewhere between 150,000 and a quarter million people, most of them civilians. Of these, about half were killed in the blast itself, and about … Continue reading

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The value of the humanities

It isn’t often that you hear the CEO of a multi-billion dollar corporation blame another multi-billion dollar corporation’s failures on its lack of attention to the humanities and liberal arts. So I was somewhat surprised when I came across this … Continue reading

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The power of checklists in medicine

As usually happens before a new semester begins, I am reading a lot of articles, looking for material to make my medical ethics classes more interesting. One of the most fascinating articles I read this week was “The Checklist,” by … Continue reading

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