Friendship: Is Classical Education Possible Without It? (2018 Conference Presentation)

Conference PosterThe following is one of the sessions from our 2018 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO. The full collection of presentations can be found at

Friendship: Is Classical Education Possible Without It?                  

Josh Dyson Classical School of Wichita

The ancients regarded friendship as the most valuable of relationships. For Plato and Socrates, friendship provided a context for the dialectic. For Aristotle, it gave meaning to life and was a catalyst for virtue. For Augustine, it was vital in cultivating his longing for the rest found only in Christ. For these men friendship was central. Unfortunately, for most of us in our fast-paced world, friendship has been moved to the periphery—a luxury more than a necessity. What are we missing by our neglect of Friendship? How do we intentionally train our students to cultivate friendships that create opportunities for the dialectic, growth in virtue, and longing for their permanent home? Is classical education possible without friendship? These are the questions that we will explore in this session.

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