Can the Humanities Save Us?

By |2018-08-10T22:22:29-05:00August 10th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Humanities, Liberal Learning|

I was recently asked by a student group at my university to participate in a panel discussion about the humanities. Having been asked the rather loaded question, “why are the humanities needed more now than ever?,” the panelists were expected to defend the humanities, presumably against some charges or enemies that are particularly contemporary. But [...]

Other People’s Truths

By |2019-04-25T12:20:02-05:00August 6th, 2018|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Great Books, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Literature, St. John's College, Truth|

One of our most remarkable capabilities is our power of at once being and not being in a certain condition. It gives us a way to do justice both to self-avowed fictions and to other people’s truths... Our country’s three major religions, in order of their entry into time, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, are scriptural. To adhere to [...]

In Defense of the Humanities

By |2019-11-14T10:58:55-06:00July 10th, 2018|Categories: Beauty, Culture, Great Books, Humanities, Literature, Paul Krause|

Any talk of saving culture, or restoring culture, begins with a defense of the humanities. Any hope of cultural revival equally begins with a re-emergence of the humanities. Any hope to truly celebrate—though not uncritically—the human person rests with being drenched in the dewfall of the humanities. There is a major revolution occurring in [...]

Ideology and the Humanities

By |2019-10-16T13:41:22-05:00June 8th, 2018|Categories: Classical Education, Education, Featured, Glenn Arbery, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Wyoming Catholic College|

Ideologies are mind-traps: They are constructed in such a way that they prejudge the motive of opposition to their systems. The great aim of liberal education is to liberate students from mere unexamined opinion into genuine thought… Some people use the word “ideology” neutrally, as though it meant any fairly comprehensive set of ideas. [...]

The Liberal Arts vs. Progressive Education

By |2019-03-28T11:44:05-05:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Humanities, Liberal Arts|

Search the web and you will find any number of lofty “purposes of education:” Education enables us to develop to the fullest. Education cultivates the human mind with values and principles. Education teaches us to think and analyze the world. And many more… But even those vapid platitudes greatly exceed the reality of modern American [...]

The First Question and The Illiad

By |2018-04-14T02:28:05-05:00April 20th, 2018|Categories: Classics, Education, Great Books, Homer, Humanities, Iliad, Liberal Learning|

To the extent that I am a human person, Homer’s Iliad speaks to me, but my particular circumstances are my own. As a result, a great question will help all people, including me, and so might be applicable to my peculiar place in space and time without being exhausted by it… In one week I’m [...]

Inquiring into the Western Tradition: A ‘Great Books’ Education

By |2018-04-06T22:10:18-05:00April 6th, 2018|Categories: Education, Great Books, Humanities, Liberal Arts|

A great books education exposes students to the best “inquirers” in the Western Tradition. Scientists and mathematicians are certainly inquirers. The best of them seek wisdom about nature, God, human beings, and the relationship among them. However, there are other ways of inquiring into these realities. The great poets, philosophers, historians, and theologians, for [...]

Humanities as a Way of Knowing

By |2018-07-24T20:51:48-05:00February 12th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Great Books, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Mortimer Adler, Timeless Essays|

The philosophical roots of the liberal arts can free students from a life of slavery spent spelunking in the cave of ignorance, trivialities, and the merely menial… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Robert M. Woods as he examines the purpose and benefits of studying the [...]

How Do We Save Our Souls From the Modern World?

By |2018-06-21T20:22:17-05:00January 24th, 2018|Categories: Art, Christianity, Culture, Education, Featured, Humanities, Virtue|

In the modern world, terms like “soul,” “spirit,” and the “life of the mind” sound antiquated, and there is no longer any sense that there is anything to life beyond the pursuit of hedonic happiness and the accumulation of money, property, and other markers of worldly success… “To reform a world, to reform a [...]

Einstein on the Humanities

By |2019-10-03T15:11:47-05:00January 24th, 2018|Categories: Education, Featured, History, Humanities, Joseph Pearce, Mathematics|

An education obsessed with science, technology, engineering and math, to the exclusion or neglect of the humanities, stems the growth and development of the human person, on the one hand, and unleashes technology without ethical constraints, on the other. Only a fool would advocate such an education. Albert Einstein was no fool… Those architects [...]

Liberal Learning, Moral Worth, and Defecated Rationality

By |2019-10-10T14:56:46-05:00January 7th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Education, Featured, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Moral Imagination, RAK, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

At best, what the typical college has offered its students, in recent decades, has been defecated rationality. By that term I mean a narrow rationalism or logicalism, purged of theology, moral philosophy, symbol and allegory, tradition, reverence, and the wisdom of our ancestors. This defecated rationality is the exalting of private judgment and hedonism [...]

Winged Words: Reading & Discussing Great Books

By |2019-08-08T14:44:24-05:00December 17th, 2017|Categories: Aristotle, Dante, Essential, Featured, Great Books, Homer, Humanities, Imagination, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Peter Kalkavage, Plato, St. John's College, Timeless Essays|

Great books introduce us to ideas and to ways of looking at the world that are new to us. They provide a refreshing distance from the trends, fashions, tastes, opinions, and political correctness of our current culture. Great books invite us to put aside for a while our way of looking at the world [...]