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 |2019-04-28T22:57:33-05:00June 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 |2019-04-11T12:46:10-05:00March 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 [...]

The New Cold War: Keeping Globalization Safe for Hot Media

By |2016-10-13T13:45:39-05:00August 10th, 2016|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Featured, Language, Science, Senior Contributors|

Modern technological innovation has made globalization possible. And globalization’s new social reality is unparalleled in history. Accordingly, it presents politics with new challenges. But it also presents politics with unprecedented technological power to deal with these new challenges. However, the power of these technologies is ambiguous, since they can create two types of experiences: [...]

The Language of Lincoln

By |2016-07-07T15:29:00-05:00July 7th, 2016|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, Language, M. E. Bradford, The Imaginative Conservative|

As a promising young centralist, Abraham Lincoln played the role of champion for what Professor Michael Oakeshott has called the “enterprise associa­tion” theory of the state.[21] While serving as the elected representative of Sangamon (1834—1842), he first made a name for himself by enacting this part. Joining with other soon-to­-be forefathers of the Republican [...]

Understanding the Bohemian Conservative

By |2019-06-06T11:29:43-05:00June 14th, 2016|Categories: Conservation, Conservatism, Featured, Language, Natural Rights Tradition, Ted McAllister, Western Tradition|

Half-knowledge is more victorious than whole knowledge: it understands things as being more simple than they are and this renders its opinions more easily intelligible and more convincing. –Nietzsche Several years ago, I heard a scientist being interviewed on NPR declare that humans are “just sacks of rapidly degenerating amino acids,” or something similar. [...]

M.E. Bradford: Traditionalist as Rememberer

By |2016-06-11T09:26:54-05:00May 26th, 2016|Categories: Agrarianism, Books, Featured, Language, Literature, M. E. Bradford, Marion Montgomery, South, Southern Agrarians, Tradition|

We spoke of much else besides [our business of the day]: of friends and mentors and the tumors of both—their fortunes and misfortunes, their origins and our own; of illustrative stories, many of them drawn from outside the narrow confines of the academy; of adversaries ancient and modern; of our delight in the progress [...]

Foul Language, Decorum, & the Soul

By |2016-01-10T22:41:27-06:00October 27th, 2015|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Culture, Featured, Language, Modernity, Morality|

While my memories might verge on the edge of fuzzy nostalgia from time to time, I remember quite clearly what the women and men of the 1970s did, said, and believed in small-town American neighborhoods. In those years, I absolutely loved reading (and researching and writing), but I also loved running, biking, and exploring. [...]

What is the Vocation of the Language Teacher?

By |2019-03-10T09:54:21-05:00August 23rd, 2015|Categories: Christian Kopff, Classics, Education, Featured, Language|Tags: , |

At first glance, there would seem to be much work awaiting the teacher and scholar of language in the twenty-first century. The powers that be are obsessed with the industrial pollution of water, land, and air. The case seems to be clearer, or foggier, for pollution of language. Useful old words are no longer [...]

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