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Liberal Education Works Vol: 17

Ahhhhhhhhh…..Summer 2015! And what is it that the liberally educated man does during those lazy hazy days of summer? Does he spend his summer like a Greek or a Roman? Does he sip iced tea, reading Aristotle’s Ethics reclining in a deck chair on … Continue reading

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Forty Days For Fermentation

As it is the first week of Lent I am congratulating myself on the steps that I have taken to prepare well for Easter. First I have made the usual meaningful but ordinary commitments towards keeping my Lenten resolutions. Here … Continue reading

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Classical Education and the Common Core

“Therefore, we ought to follow what is common”. Thus exhorted the philosopher Heraclitus in the seventh century B.C., and in our own time the governors and education commissioners of 45 states, as well as over 100 Catholic diocesan school systems … Continue reading

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Classical Catholic Education: Defending and Promoting Life

Sometimes a thought is expressed so eloquently that the only thing left for us to do is to repeat it. Therefore since the Lyceum community is presently attending the Cleveland Right to Life Conference, I thought nothing could be more … Continue reading

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Catholic Classical Education Is About Life

Catholic classical education, by the way, is primarily ordered to life. The whole point of classical education is life. To spread life. To increase life. To enrich life. To propagate and widen its extension. To deepen it and strengthen it. … Continue reading

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Homerus Omnes Docuit

Every serious discussion about Catholic Liberal Education (which I call “Catholic Classical Education” sheerly for marketing purposes) must perforce dwell at considerable length from time to time on Homer and his works- especially the Iliad and the Odyssey. And this is because, as … Continue reading

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Don’t Be A Barbarian

Liberal education is the ordinary process by which ladies and gentlemen are formed. Without it one will always remain a barbarian. Now if you are a barbarian please don’t take this as a put down. I am proud to count barbarians … Continue reading

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Anaxagoras on Liberal Education

“Other things have a part of everything, but mind is unlimited and self-ruling and is mixed with nothing, but is itself alone by itself….” Anaxagoras, the great pre-Socratic philosopher who, Aristotle says, was like a sober man among drunkards was the … Continue reading

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The first Characteristic of Wisdom

Speaking of wisdom, perhaps it would be good to review four characteristics that will help us to distinguish the kind of knowledge that it is. I do but merely transcribe from the fading memory of a certain lecture these humble … Continue reading

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The Curse of Liberal Education… Continued

As much as I have always loved liberal education, even I will admit that it does have a fairly obvious downside. I call this downside “the curse of liberal education.” What is this curse? Quite simply, liberal education arouses the … Continue reading

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