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The Good Student is Like Earth

In his Commendation and Division of Sacred Scripture (which I, for one, plan to spend more time upon!) St Thomas quotes psalm 103 “You water the hills from your upper rooms, the earth is sated with the fruit of your … Continue reading

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History and Poetry II

In his Poetics, Aristotle asserts that the poet does something that is actually more scientific than the historian. This is rather a shock to us who live in a time whose intellectual fashion compels us to think just the reverse. Although not … Continue reading

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Wisdom is Not a Human Possession

As one reads through the little section on St Thomas Aquinas’ commentary on the Metaphysics where he sets forth the four attributes of wisdom (from which we have been shamelessly borrowing- without even the slightest acknowledgement), one runs across this … Continue reading

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The Three Catharses

Our current endeavor is to discuss how it is that liberal education frees a person from slavery, and even more specifically how it frees a person from the slavery to passion. In chapter 6 of the Poetics, Aristotle gives us … Continue reading

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Give me that man that is not passion’s slave…

“Give me that man  that is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him  In my heart’s core, ay, in my heart of heart, As I do thee.” Thus Hamlet, speaking to Horatio (Act III Scene 2), extols the man who … Continue reading

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Liberal education, Aristotle and Catharsis

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Liberal Education and the Slavery to Passion

  I had mentioned before that liberal education is an education that “frees” the student specifically from four types of slavery.  It might be worth mentioning that while liberal education is wonderfully useful in advancing the happiness of a human … Continue reading

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The Oracle of Nature and of Truth

Now that John Henry Cardinal Newman is Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, I suppose everyone has to take him a little more seriously when he says things like the following: “Do not suppose, that in thus appealing to the ancients, … Continue reading

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