E.J. Hutchinson

About E.J. Hutchinson

E.J. Hutchinson is Associate Professor of Classics at Hillsdale College, where he also directs the Collegiate Scholars Program. He is the editor and translator of Niels Hemmingsen’s On the Law of Nature: A Demonstrative Methode.

Brutus: An Honorable Hero?

By |2021-04-23T07:33:45-05:00April 25th, 2021|Categories: Character, Herman Melville, History, Literature, Virtue, William Shakespeare|

In his last moments, Brutus voiced a sentiment about the ultimate tragedy of the virtuous life in those evil days, in which the good was punished and the evil rewarded. This does not make virtue worthless for the individual; it just may place him on the losing side. [E]veryone knows that some young bucks among [...]

“Othello” and the Devil Inside

By |2018-11-17T22:38:30-06:00November 17th, 2018|Categories: Books, Character, Ethics, Evil, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Literature, Tragedy, Virtue, William Shakespeare|

In Othello, William Shakespeare, the philosopher of everyday life, holds up a mirror to us and shows us what human beings are capable of. Beneath our most pleasantly cultivated exterior, there often lurks a serpent… William Hazlitt is widely recognized as one of the greatest of Shakespearean critics. Yes, there is Dr. Johnson; yes, there [...]

W.H. Auden’s Tolkien

By |2018-08-02T22:25:03-05:00August 2nd, 2018|Categories: Books, Fiction, J.R.R. Tolkien, Poetry|

W.H. Auden realized that J.R.R. Tolkien’s greatness was not simply the result of a capacity for the fantastic, but rather that it relied just as much on his scholarly acumen as on his imagination… W.H. Auden was a great admirer of the fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien. Having heard Tolkien’s lectures while an undergraduate at Oxford [...]

In Praise of Scholarship

By |2019-11-27T12:22:42-06:00July 19th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Education, Literature, Poetry|

The work of editors and commentators is not only an interesting historical curiosity. Though the task of liberating important texts—whether from the dustbin of history, the barricade of a foreign language, or both—goes on behind the scenes and is often thankless, it is indispensable. For without it, there is no tradition at all... In 1915, [...]

Can the Liberal Arts Save Our Souls?

By |2021-04-26T13:04:55-05:00July 13th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Cicero, Civil Society, Government, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning|

If one cannot hope for an informed citizenry—and the evidence is overwhelming that such a hope is futile—one must hope for something else: a formed citizenry. For the remedy for thoughtlessness is not information; it is thought, thought about what man is, what the good man is, what the good society is, what virtues and [...]

The Protestant Heritage of Classical Humanism: Melanchthon & Cicero

By |2019-07-09T10:46:16-05:00August 17th, 2016|Categories: Christian Humanism, Cicero, Classical Learning|

Here is the grand fact that Protestant theologians always overlook. They, in reality, always present nature and grace as two antagonistic powers, and suppose the presence of the one must be the physical destruction of the other. Luther and Calvin, weary of the good works, and shrinking from the efforts to acquire the personal virtues [...]

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