The study of music is not merely a pleasant pastime; it merits its status as one of the seven liberal arts, and belongs in all students’ education.
Those who refuse to learn history, as the saying goes, are bound to repeat it. What can we glean from the past to improve our own time and guide our future?
St. Thomas More’s conception of education tied it firmly to virtue, and specially to the virtue of humility, which he considered indispensable.
Is it useful to learn languages for any reason other than being able to communicate, or is their value strictly utilitarian? Miss Sophia Theis explains.
The only defense against the worst is a knowledge of the best. By their ignorance people enfranchise their exploiters. —Wendell Berry
A well-educated person is not someone with a set of credentials that will help them live a materially wealthy and comfortable life, but someone who is spiritually free to know and delight in those goods that make a human life deeply and truly happy.
The techniques of persuasion have been so habitually separated from logic and wisdom, it’s assumed that rhetoric is persuasion through bad reasons for bad purposes. But in truth, the art of persuasion is as necessary for good arguments as it is for bad ones.
Cicero’s formulation of ethics was a major influence on minds as diverse as St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Locke, Voltaire, and Thomas Jefferson. Perhaps we would do wisely to return to a fountain that has watered so many so well.