Roots of the World: The Program of St. John’s College

By |2018-11-21T08:39:15-05:00August 11th, 2014|Tags: |

I. Principles and Parts of the Program Every plan of education, whether borne up by a passing trend or bound into a long tradition, is fraught with implicit philosophical principle. Since the program of St. John’s College is devoted to that peculiar kind of learning which of necessity includes a reflection on its own [...]

What is a Book?

By |2018-11-21T08:39:15-05:00July 29th, 2014|Tags: |

It is our tradition that the first lecture of the year should be dedicated to our freshmen.* They have newly joined a community whose program of learning centers on the scheduled reading of a preset list of books and on the twice-weekly discussion that takes place in the seminar. They have come to us [...]

What, Then, Is Time?

By |2018-11-21T08:39:17-05:00April 14th, 2014|Tags: |

When our dean asked me to lecture this September it was because I’ve just completed a book on time, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to talk about it. There seemed to be three possible kinds of profit that I figured might come to you and to me if I gave what one [...]