Philosophy Lost

By |2019-06-13T11:51:43-05:00July 30th, 2013|Categories: Liberal Learning, St. John Henry Newman, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

“It’s all in Plato, all in Plato: bless me, what do they teach them at these schools!” C.S. Lewis’ character Professor Digory Kirke calls to light an increasingly detrimental error concerning education in the modern era. The Great Western Tradition and the permanent ideas about education that flow out of it are grounded in [...]

The Definition of a Gentleman

By |2016-03-13T14:47:35-05:00June 20th, 2011|Categories: St. John Henry Newman|

Hence it is that it is almost a definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain. This description is both refined and, as far as it goes, accurate. He is mainly occupied in merely removing the obstacles which hinder the free and unembarrassed action of those about him; [...]

John Henry Newman’s “Idea” and the Crisis of the Secular University

By |2017-06-29T15:36:55-05:00May 21st, 2011|Categories: Books, Liberal Learning, St. John Henry Newman|Tags: |

The secular university in the United States has reached a long-deferred moment of truth and ought to be ripe for the wisdom of John Henry Newman. Looking at the university today, its overextension, confusion about its purpose, catastrophic funding decline, and fundamental ineffectiveness for so many students, Newman could very well say, “I told [...]

Joseph Pearce on Newman

By |2019-09-28T09:28:22-05:00September 20th, 2010|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Catholicism, Joseph Pearce, St. John Henry Newman|

Everything Joe writes is brilliant. I know of no exceptions.  Indeed, I consider him our greatest living biographer. Here, at Carl Olson’s Ignatius Insight, Joe explains the significance of Newman. Essays by Dr. Birzer may be found here. Essays by Joseph Pearce may be found here. The Imaginative Conservative applies the principle of appreciation to the [...]