Living Well On Earth & Entering Heaven: The Nineteen Types of Judgment

By |2016-09-11T00:13:00-05:00September 11th, 2016|Categories: Christendom, Classics, Liberal Learning, Plato, Reason, Socrates, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Peter Kreeft as he explores the nineteen types of judgment as they pertain to human, angels, and the Divine. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher There are at least nineteen different kinds of judgment that we should distinguish. I’m sorry I could not [...]

Socrates on Opinion, the Philosopher, & the Good

By |2019-07-30T14:48:07-05:00April 18th, 2016|Categories: Classics, E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Plato, Socrates, St. John's College, The Music of the Republic series by Eva Brann, Truth|

A. 1. Glaucon’s introduction to philosophy will itself have a prelude. He will discover for himself the meaning of “opinion,” doxa.  Opinion in its various meanings determines the musical key of the different parts of the dialogue by its absence or presence. The outer ring of logoi is explicitly spoken in a signature appropriate to [...]

Virtue, Courage, & Moderation in Plato’s “Statesman”

By |2018-07-12T21:37:40-05:00April 15th, 2016|Categories: Classics, Featured, Justice, Peter Kalkavage, Plato, St. John's College, Virtue|

I want to begin by saying how my theme is related to justice. Plato and Aristotle often connect justice with wholeness. And it is wholeness—the whole of virtue and the whole of a political community—that is very much at issue, and at risk, in Plato’s Statesman. Perhaps at risk as well is the wholeness [...]

The Imitation of Heroes

By |2016-04-07T10:38:06-05:00March 14th, 2016|Categories: Christopher B. Nelson, Classical Education, Classics, Featured, Liberal Learning, Phaedo, Plato, Socrates, St. John's College, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Christopher Nelson as he considers whom we should hold as heroes, worthy of emulation. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Imitation, like so many time-tested educational activities, took a big hit during the twentieth century. The history of the desire to create autonomously [...]

Pre-Socratics or First Philosophers?

By |2018-11-21T08:39:01-06:00January 26th, 2016|Categories: Classics, E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, History, Liberal Learning, Philosophy, Socrates, St. John's College|

Johannes Moreelse, “Heraclitus” Think how peculiar this appellation is: “Pre-Socratics.” A whole slew of thinkers, poetical, aphoristic, prosaic—condemned to be known as the precursors of a man who wrote nothing! Forerunners are, it seems, ipso facto inferior to the rightly anointed. Take John the Baptist, the canonical precursor, who says of himself: [...]

The “Eumenides” of Aeschylus: Whole-Hearted Patriotism & Moderated Modernity

By |2018-11-21T08:39:05-06:00November 10th, 2015|Categories: Books, Classics, E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Great Books, Literature, St. John's College|

Aeschylus’ Eumenides is a play about an institutional innovation and a paean to the goddess of the city. It is an account of the origin of Athens’ Supreme Court and a love poem to Athena and her people and places. This poet, however, loves for cause and with a thoughtful passion. This people, the [...]

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 [...]

Treason from Within

By |2016-11-26T09:52:04-06:00July 29th, 2015|Categories: Cicero, Classics, Quotation|

Cicero A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers [...]

Plato’s “Timaeus”: A Unique Universe of Discourse

By |2018-11-21T08:39:11-06:00June 23rd, 2015|Categories: Classics, E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Peter Kalkavage, Philosophy, Plato, St. John's College|

Before reviewing Peter Kalkavage’s Focus Press translation of the Timaeus, I must, in all fairness, confess my partiality. He, Eric Salem, and myself were the co-translators of Plato’s Phaedo and his Sophist for the same publisher. Together, over several years, we worked out some principles of translation which are discernible in this Timaeus version. [...]

The Wonders of the “Odyssey”

By |2018-11-21T08:39:11-06:00May 28th, 2015|Categories: Classics, E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Homer, Odyssey, St. John's College|

The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Joe Sachs (Paul Dry Books: Philadelphia 2014) Joe Sachs’ brief introduction to his translation begins, memorably, like this: “I’ve never met a translation of the Odyssey I didn’t like.” He is paying fair tribute to this most imaginatively intricate and compositionally sophisticated of epic poems—whoever has had the hardihood [...]

The Case for the Liberal Arts: Stronger than Ever?

By |2015-05-22T08:50:54-05:00May 14th, 2015|Categories: Classics, Education, Featured, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Plato|

If we are to make any kind of case for the liberal arts, we must first have a reasonably coherent notion of what the liberal arts are, and what they are for. That means clearing away some persistent misconceptions. First of all, the term “liberal arts” shouldn’t be understood as a synonym for “the [...]

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