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Lent and Liberal Learning

Some things are never out of season and liberal education is one of them. As a matter of fact the Holy season of Lent provides the Christian with an opportunity to focus on the first thing that anyone should know about … Continue reading

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Let’s pretend we’re all scientists!

Anyone who has studied history or philosophy will necessarily have become aware of various curiosities affecting the way people have spoken and expressed themselves in various times. I am not speaking about the various languages that people speak but rather … Continue reading

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Slavery to Custom

  I have to admit that of the four kinds of slavery that prevent us from thinking well and thinking for ourselves, slavery to custom is absolutely my favorite. The problem is that 75% of everything we say is said … Continue reading

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Cave Dwellers

All of these people are cave dwellers. They live in the gloomy cave that Socrates describes in Book VII of The Republic (see http://www.historyguide.org/intellect/allegory.html). They are all looking at the wall in front of them upon which there are shadows … Continue reading

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Slavery to Fashion

I don’t have any strong objection to men dressing according to the fashions of the 12th or 13th century if they happen to live in the 12th or 13th century. I assume the gentleman in the picture thought that he … Continue reading

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Slavery to Custom

Custom is a tyrant. I am well aware of the fact that this saying is not original to me. But the truth of it is becoming clearer and clearer to me with each passing year. Most of us are well … 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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A division of the four kinds of slavery from which Liberal education frees us.

I have already made the claim that a liberal education is an education that frees a person from something and it also frees a person for something. At present we are only speaking about what it frees a person from. … Continue reading

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