Scott Buchanan

Scott Buchanan

About Scott Buchanan

Scott Buchanan (1895-1968) was an American philosopher and educator. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Amherst College, he served in the navy during World War I and then went on to study at Balliol College, Oxford as a Rhodes scholar and at Harvard where he received his doctorate in 1925. He is most well-known for founding the great books program at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland.

Liberal Education and the Free Mind

By |2019-06-13T12:22:43-05:00October 14th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Intelligence, Liberal Learning, Quotation, St. John's College|

I have some questions I want to ask you, questions for St. John’s graduates and questions for American citizens. As I understand the questions, one leads to another, and they all add up to: How are you doing? The first question is: Do you believe in and trust your intellect, that innate power that [...]

Adventures of the Mind

By |2019-10-12T11:49:31-05:00August 12th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Great Books, Liberal Learning, Plato, Quotation, Socrates, St. John's College|

So the reader of Plato joins Socrates in inquiry, as Sancho Panza joined Don Quixote, for adventures of the mind. And although there is a deep consent, like a fire kindled deep in the mind, there is always a tension between the squire and the knight-errant, the little man with proverbs for wisdom riding [...]