Why Ladies and Gentlemen Are Forbidden on New York Trains

By |2018-05-14T12:16:52-06:00December 4th, 2017|Categories: Civil Society, Culture, Culture War, Featured, John Horvat, Language, Virtue|

The seemingly insignificant suppression of ladies and gentlemen on New York’s trains represents a giant step backward. It affirms that we need no longer behave like ladies and gentlemen, but rather like whatever we want to be, or happen to be, at the moment... Passengers, customers, or whatever you want to call them are welcome [...]

Defending Dr. Johnson

By |2017-11-10T22:04:53-06:00November 10th, 2017|Categories: History, Joseph Pearce, Language, Patriotism|

Samuel Johnson believed that just as pedants can abuse the objective meaning of words, distorting them for their own purposes, so can scoundrels abuse the healthy love of home and homeland, parroting patriotic words for self-serving reasons… Can it really be true, as Mark Malvasi has claimed in two separate essays on these pages, [...]

In the Beginning Was the Word

By |2017-11-04T07:31:54-06:00November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Gospel Reflection, Joseph Pearce, Language, St. Augustine|

If we do not understand words, through the apprehension and comprehension of their definitions, we cannot even begin to understand the wonders and glories of the cosmos that the Word Himself has brought forth… It seems that Mark Malvasi, in his latest essay on these pages, seeks to continue what he calls our “gentlemanly [...]

Definitions and Their Discontents

By |2019-07-11T11:39:11-06:00October 24th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, George Orwell, History, Language, Mark Malvasi, Truth|

Words are not static. They are dynamic. Like the birth of a child, there remains always something mysterious, even miraculous, about the birth of a thought and about the words we use to bring that thought into being… Perhaps Johnny Mercer has already and long ago settled the gentlemanly epistemological debate that has emerged [...]

In Defense of Splitting Hairs

By |2017-08-09T22:30:23-06:00August 9th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Language, Philosophy, Relativism|

We need to draw distinctions. The words we use are crucial to this endeavor. They matter. To deny this is to become a deconstructionist, and engage in self-defeating activities like writing lengthy books on how words have no meaning. Splitting hairs seems a far worthier past time… Our modern means of communication favor brevity, [...]

Josef Pieper on Academia & the Abuse of Language

By |2019-12-17T10:48:20-06:00July 31st, 2017|Categories: Civil Society, Conservatism, Culture, Josef Pieper, Language, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Modernity, Plato, St. John Henry Newman|

Education in the liberal arts is an ancient tradition that has slowly been eroded through our increasing attachment to approaching the world scientifically and pragmatically… The language of man reveals something significant about his nature and his relationship with the world. Language is so close to man’s nature that if it suffers a drastic [...]

The Recovery & Renewal of the Liberal Arts of Language

By |2019-02-05T16:16:54-06:00June 25th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Classical Education, Education, Language, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Rhetoric|

The liberal arts allow us the freedom to become more fully human by sharing as fully as possible in that which makes us distinct, and the freedom to flourish through the reality of our nature, our humanity, and, yes, perhaps even our divinity… Why My Favorite Nun Was Right: The Recovery and Renewal of the [...]

A Responsible Rhetoric

By |2019-04-28T22:57:33-06:00June 19th, 2017|Categories: Language, Rhetoric, Richard Weaver, The Imaginative Conservative|

Responsible rhetoric is a rhetoric responsible primarily to the truth. It measures the degree of validity in a statement, and it is aware of the sources of controlling that it employs… Editorial Note: The text of “A Responsible Rhetoric” is taken from a transcription of a tape recording of a speech Richard M. Weaver [...]

Rhetoric and Danger

By |2019-04-11T12:46:10-06:00March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Classical Education, Featured, Glenn Arbery, John Milton, Language, Rhetoric, Wyoming Catholic College|

As important as it is to use language well, it is more important to use it to move people with the truth… For two full days, with all regular classes canceled, the seniors at Wyoming Catholic College this week presented their senior orations to faculty, fellow students, board members, and guests of the College. [...]

How Liberals Abuse Language

By |2016-12-29T10:42:59-06:00November 25th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Language, Liberalism|

As long as words are left undefined, their meanings are vague and are left up to the listener’s or reader’s imagination. Many on the left have manipulated language in this way… What’s in a Definition? Defining one’s terms is important.[1] Yet, terms are often left undefined when speaking about the most important of subjects. [...]

The Power of Pregnant Speeches

By |2018-11-21T08:38:50-06:00October 28th, 2016|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, History, Language, Rhetoric, St. John's College|

Here’s a cause close to my heart: public and semi-public speech. I mean occasions when we are addressed by our political leaders on grand occasions of concern to the whole republic, and times, like the present, when we choose to come together to hear what someone invited to do so says about a matter [...]

The Musings of a Professor

By |2018-11-21T08:38:51-06:00September 29th, 2016|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Language, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors, St. John's College|

For the first time in nearly a decade I again have the great pleasure of teaching a freshman language tutorial. I am myself a believer in the "spirit" of a tutorial, because I am convinced that what happens in class for well or ill is nothing beyond the accumulated effect of the goodness or deficiency [...]

On Belarus: A Martyrdom & a Model for the West

By |2018-12-12T15:30:30-06:00September 15th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Europe, Foreign Affairs, Language, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poland, Politics|

The young woman closed her eyes on the night just prior to her wedding and found herself being addressed by Mary, the Mother of God. The young woman was promised a wedding in a red dress. She dutifully and tearfully left her fiancé and embarked upon a life of prayer in search of the answer [...]