Jacob Klein

On Being Eva

By |2019-01-20T22:17:37-05:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: Christopher B. Nelson, Eva Brann, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Jacob Klein, St. John's College|

Eva Brann seems to have a refreshing effect on all who meet her. This must have something to do with her openness to the world in all its manifestations, her spritely and generous spirit, her mischievous love of play, and her gift of friendship. Today, she still looks like she is experiencing a giddy delight [...]

Rigor in Place of Rancor

By |2018-12-08T07:58:44-05:00March 27th, 2018|Categories: Eva Brann, Featured, Great Books, Jacob Klein, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, St. John's College|

In the last few years, accounts of the growing politicization of academic discourse have made their way from colleges and universities onto conversations on a public, and perhaps national, scale. What is the essence behind such rancor?… There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there. -G. K. [...]

Jacob Klein: A Great Scholar, An Even Greater Man

By |2018-11-21T08:38:42-05:00July 15th, 2017|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Jacob Klein, Meno, Senior Contributors, St. John's College|

Jacob Klein was, first and last, every inch a teacher, a teacher who stymied discipleship in the very effort to induce learning. He did, indeed, have some teachings to convey—a few, though those were powerful and of large consequence… Editor’s Note: This essay was read as a tribute to philosopher and long-time tutor of [...]

The Knowing Soul

By |2018-07-18T17:00:56-05:00January 13th, 2017|Categories: Aristotle, Featured, Jacob Klein, Liberal Learning, Plato, St. John's College|

The great vehicle of liberal learning is discussion, in which begetting, questioning, refuting, and again questioning take place… What I have to speak about, briefly and in a most elementary way, is what both learning and teaching mean and do not mean. Learning and teaching are mysterious processes. To understand them fully would mean [...]

Jacob Klein: European Scholar and American Teacher

By |2018-11-21T08:39:01-05:00February 1st, 2016|Categories: E.B., Education, Eva Brann, Featured, Jacob Klein, Liberal Learning, Meno, Plato, St. John's College|

The subtitle of my talk might be “Liberal Education: Program and/or Pedagogy?” The reason is that I think of Jacob Klein’s life as being an embodiment of that slash, “and/or” and therefore an occasion for asking what seems to me a question the answer to which determines the success—I mean the lively and secure [...]

Image, Being, and Form in the Platonic Dialogues

By |2019-06-21T13:16:17-05:00October 6th, 2015|Categories: Books, E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Jacob Klein, Plato, Socrates, St. John's College|

Jacob Klein was in the last year of his nine-year tenure as dean of St. John’s College in 1957 when I came as a young tutor. He died in 1978, still teaching. In those twenty-one years during which I knew him, he was above all a teacher—mine and everybody’s. His spirit informed the college. [...]

“Plato’s Theory of Ideas”

By |2018-11-21T08:39:07-05:00September 1st, 2015|Categories: Aristotle, E.B., Eva Brann, Jacob Klein, Phaedo, Plato, Socrates, St. John's College|

My subject, as proposed, is “Plato’s Theory of Ideas.” Whether that subject actually interests you, or you think that it ought to interest you, you will, I imagine, regard it as a respectable topic. And yet I have to tell you that every term in the project is wrong-headed. Let me therefore begin by [...]

Immediacy: The Ways of Humanity

By |2018-11-21T08:39:14-05:00November 1st, 2014|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Humanities, Jacob Klein, St. John's College, Time, Wisdom|

I want to steal four minutes of my talking time to speak of the role that the Santa Fe campus has played in my life. I remember vividly the atmosphere around its founding in the years before 1964, but only confusedly the arguments pro and con—though among the latter one worry was predominant: Were [...]