Seneca’s On The Shortness of Life: Required Reading Before the Final Exam

By |2014-01-28T20:27:52-06:00September 19th, 2012|Categories: Great Books, Robert M. Woods|

One does not have to jump into the Great Books by starting at the beginning. One does not have to start with the longest most difficult Philosophical work, or an 800 page literary masterpiece. It might be wise to begin with one of the shorter, richer selections. A teaching found throughout Scripture and the Great Books [...]

So, Three Umpires Are in a Bar: Or How to Call Reality Right

By |2020-04-21T12:17:21-05:00July 24th, 2012|Categories: Baseball, Liberal Learning, Robert M. Woods|

Among the many conversations I have had with Great Books students over the years, none is more lively than when we discuss various theories of truth. It seems to always come up when we are reading and talking about Thomas Aquinas’s Summa. In order to make immediate connection with them, I tell the story [...]

Thomas Aquinas on Wisdom

By |2016-02-12T15:28:38-06:00July 16th, 2012|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Robert M. Woods, St. Thomas Aquinas, Wisdom|

On occasion, but it should be with great frequency, within the context of a class discussion or even a lesson at Church, the topic of wisdom is discussed. Frequently, but it should be on occasion, the definition is put forth as practical or applied learning. It is at times like these I desired that Thomas [...]

Why Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked IS a Great Book

By |2018-10-23T12:22:15-05:00June 26th, 2012|Categories: Books, Great Books, Ray Bradbury, Robert M. Woods|

On numerous occasions, Mortimer Adler wrote about the criteria that was used to determine which books of all the books written in the West would be placed within The Great Books of the Western World. Contrary to confusion and many misstatements I’ve read over the years, Adler says it was essentially three criteria and [...]

Western Civilization–Old School via Professor Dawson

By |2016-02-18T18:24:37-06:00June 16th, 2012|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Christopher Dawson, Featured, Liberal Learning, Robert M. Woods|

Before all the noise, bizarre theories, revisionists approaches, and misinterpretations of Western Civilization there was a brilliant and dedicated scholar who carefully studied primary documents and a range of cultural and social artifacts. His research and passion yielded much fruit, and in his day, Christopher Dawson was recognized as a world class cultural historian. [...]

The Christian Humanist View of Being Human in the Renaissance

By |2016-02-12T15:28:39-06:00May 10th, 2012|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Robert M. Woods|

In the history of ideas, there are ideas that need to be rescued from those who should know better, but simply do not. For example, all the false views about the Middle Ages. Way too many to even get started in this blog. Interestingly, even the Renaissance has its share of misreadings. There are some Christians [...]

Russell Kirk on T.S. Eliot’s "The Waste Land"

By |2013-12-31T11:09:52-06:00May 1st, 2012|Categories: Robert M. Woods, Russell Kirk, T.S. Eliot|

by Robert M. Woods In all of our Great Books based programs we exalt the primary readings, unmediated by commentaries, critical theories, jargon ladened treatises, and a mountain of secondary works explaining what a given author meant within his work. What we generally do is encourage the students to jump right in and start swimming. [...]

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