Liberal Arts

An Education to Restore Wonder

By |2019-08-06T17:19:31-05:00December 29th, 2018|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Classics, Education, Great Books, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Wyoming Catholic College|

We’ve reached a time when fewer and fewer on the outside know what the liberal arts are, or the value of them to the individual person, an organization, and the marketplace of ideas. In an age when people are so focused on science and technology via “STEM” subjects, we’ve lost our sense of wonder… [...]

A Classical Educational Creed

By |2019-08-08T11:17:15-05:00December 28th, 2018|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Education, Liberal Arts|

Classical educators agree on the ends of liberal education, namely, the possession of the true, good, and beautiful, wisdom, and the development of the intellectual and imaginative powers that enable their attainment. But the pedagogical means to these ends are less obvious. Here is an attempt to set out a set of principles and [...]

Liberty and Liberal Education

By |2019-10-03T11:25:47-05:00December 25th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Civil Society, Classical Education, Education, Great Books, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Western Tradition, Wyoming Catholic College|

Free citizens are necessarily invited to follow the Delphic injunction, “know thyself,” that is addressed to all mankind; and their success or failure in responding to this invitation is crucial for the preservation or loss of their liberty… Liberal education is the distinctive educational tradition of the West; so, too, is liberty our distinctive political tradition. [...]

Poetry? What Is It Good For?

By |2019-02-18T02:38:42-05:00December 20th, 2018|Categories: Beauty, Culture, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Literature, Poetry|

Poetry is a paradox. It is the most complex and inimitable expression of thought and consciousness, but it is also the most natural and ancient. Although a form of oral and written tradition that has persisted throughout the years, poetry is dismissed as unnecessary and impractical in literary education… A decline in English majors at universities [...]

All Work & No Play: How Schools Are Crushing Our Kids

By |2018-11-28T01:09:26-05:00November 27th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Education, Free Markets, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning|

We’re filling up so much of kids’ time with extracurriculars and studying that they don’t have time to play—and without play, it’s harder to develop the self-starter instincts and resilience of an entrepreneur… This election cycle, liberal Democrats are rallying around the idea of socialized higher education. Democratic socialist firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is leading [...]

“Othello” and the Devil Inside

By |2018-11-17T22:38:30-05:00November 17th, 2018|Categories: Books, Character, Ethics, Evil, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Literature, Tragedy, Virtue, William Shakespeare|

In Othello, William Shakespeare, the philosopher of everyday life, holds up a mirror to us and shows us what human beings are capable of. Beneath our most pleasantly cultivated exterior, there often lurks a serpent… William Hazlitt is widely recognized as one of the greatest of Shakespearean critics. Yes, there is Dr. Johnson; yes, [...]

Liberal Education, the Wasting of Time, & Human Happiness

By |2018-11-16T21:34:48-05:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: Happiness, Leisure, Liberal Arts, Time, Wyoming Catholic College|

Human beings are not simply producers; they are also lovers of beauty and contemplators of truth. They are wasters of time. The liberally educated person has a rich inner life that allows him or her to waste time well... As an undergraduate, I went for walks in rural Michigan. Sometimes alone, sometimes with others. Romantic [...]

Higher Gossip: Eva Brann on the Good Life

By |2018-10-24T10:36:21-05:00October 24th, 2018|Categories: Audio/Video, Books, Eva Brann, Freedom, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, St. John's College|

Publisher's Note: In this episode of a documentary series on St. John's College's most beloved tutors, Senior Contributor Dr. Eva Brann recounts how she escaped Nazi Germany and ended up at the College; her relationships with such philosophic luminaries as Jacob Klein, Seth Benardete, and Leo Strauss; and her vision of the good life. —Video by [...]

Should We Be Teaching 21st-Century Literature?

By |2019-05-07T14:29:36-05:00September 30th, 2018|Categories: Education, Fiction, Joseph Pearce, Liberal Arts, Literature, Poetry|

For many years I taught a course in Twentieth-Century Literature to college seniors. In truth it was actually a course in early to mid-twentieth-century literature because I didn’t teach any text published within the previous forty to fifty years. Authors on the syllabus included Chesterton, Joyce, Kafka, the War Poets (Brooke, Sassoon and Owen), T. [...]

A Candid Conversation With Architect Allan Greenberg

By |2019-05-09T11:09:39-05:00September 28th, 2018|Categories: Architecture, Liberal Arts, Music, Opera|

Editor's Note: Andrew Balio of the Future Symphony Institute interviews architect Allan Greenberg, whose  philosophy of "canonical classicism" challenges the postmodernist school of architecture.  ANDREW BALIO: Among America’s music schools, Rice University’s Shepard School of Music is one of the standouts, up there with Curtis, Yale, and Julliard. And both Julliard’s and Yale’s areas of greatest [...]

The Roots of Modernity in Perversions of Christianity

By |2019-05-23T13:20:07-05:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: E.B., Education, Eva Brann, Great Books, Liberal Arts, Modernity, St. John's College|

Modernity consists of perversions of notions drawn from Christianity; to be a modern means to be deeply enmeshed in them... The part of the title of this talk which I asked to have announced is "The Roots of Modernity." But there is a second part which I wanted to tell you myself. The full title [...]

Questions Are Better Than Answers: On the Socratic Method

By |2019-05-23T13:00:34-05:00September 11th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Education, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Socrates|

The end of liberal education is not the learning of settled truths, and the inculcation of useful habits for obtaining useful goods, but the perfection of the human as human, not, primarily, as worker, citizen, or even believer... While people with backgrounds more religious and those with more secular mindsets may disagree about what gives [...]

Walking Into Wisdom

By |2019-05-07T14:40:45-05:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: Glenn Arbery, Great Books, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Nature, Wyoming Catholic College|

There's a pace to reading that corresponds to walking, and probably to thought itself; the followers of Aristotle are called the “peripatetics,” a word that means “those who walk to and fro”... At the end of this week, the fifty-two new freshmen at Wyoming Catholic College descend from the mountains where they have spent the [...]

Liberalism and Liberal Education

By |2018-11-21T08:38:37-05:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Philosophy, St. John's College|

It is for the soul’s health that we engage in inquiry; right action is the indirect, one might almost say, the unintended, consequence of thinking things through. Indeed, the old understanding of liberal education is that its very liberality consists in its being pursued for its own sake, free from practical purposes—and that this [...]