John Alvis

About John Alvis

Dr. John Alvis taught literature at the University of Dallas. His writings appeared in The Southern Review, Modern Language Quarterly, Interpretation, and Renascence. He was the co-editor of Shakespeare as Political Thinker and author of Shakespeare’s Understanding of Honor.

Athena as Founder & Statesman

By |2020-09-09T18:04:13-05:00December 27th, 2019|Categories: Justice, Literature, Myth, Politics, Religion, Statesman, Timeless Essays|

In the "Oresteia," Aeschylus examines whether a city exists for proper worship of gods or whether it exists for proper cultivation of “that which is most divine in us.” Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join John Alvis, as he considers Aeschylus' views of the polity as embodied by [...]

The Demise of Congressional Deliberation: Willmoore Kendall

By |2019-03-26T15:38:54-05:00March 22nd, 2013|Categories: Congress, Federalist Papers, Politics, Presidency, Willmoore Kendall|Tags: , |

The one teaching of Willmoore Kendall's toward which all his early thought tended and from which radiated all his later thought was this: America's vindication of the capacity of men for self-government rests upon its devotion to the idea of a virtuous people, under God, determining national policy by the deliberations of a supreme legislature [...]

A Proper Core Curriculum is Political & Ought Not Be “Politicized”

By |2019-12-26T23:10:16-06:00February 2nd, 2013|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Education, Featured, Liberal Learning|Tags: , |

The idea for this essay came from a question posed during a meeting of the National Association of Scholars, where several of the presentations had decried recent academic movements of the sort led by Marxists, feminists, homosexualists, or Black separatists, and complained of these groups having politicized higher education. Subsequently, a panel discussing the idea [...]

Athena as Founder & Statesman

By |2019-12-27T17:59:33-06:00January 27th, 2013|Categories: Featured, Justice, Literature, Myth, Politics, Religion, Statesman|Tags: |

The agency driving the threefold development of the Oresteia is human effort in partnership with divine purpose. The Athena of the third play provides the executive, personal agent who, in founding a polity, gives over divine to human providence. The great question provoked by the trilogy is the question of assigning ultimate causality, since from [...]

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