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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 |2020-05-13T15:36:19-05:00April 21st, 2020|Categories: Culture, Education, Essential, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, St. John's College|

Liberal education has as its end the free mind, and the free mind must be its own teacher. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Scott Buchanan as he asks a series of questions to discover the fruit, in individual character and thought, of a liberal arts education. —W. Winston Elliott [...]

Liberal Education and the Free Mind

By |2020-04-20T11:38:05-05:00October 14th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Intelligence, Liberal Learning, Quotation, St. John's College|

Liberal education has as its end the free mind, and the free mind must be its own teacher. Stringfellow Barr & Scott Buchanan 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 [...]

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 on [...]

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