On Aristotle and Happiness

By Christine Norvell Humanity of every age and culture has sought a sense of purpose, often in semantics—perhaps fulfillment, contentment, joy, pleasure, satisfaction, or happiness add meaning to our life on earth. However, some of these words appear interconnected or lend to a dichotomy, either relating to the physical senses or to intuitive ones. Aristotle saw how these separate terms could intertwine to define happiness: … Continue reading On Aristotle and Happiness

Timid Thinkers: Death, Deconstruction, and Dogma in Franny and Zooey

By Dominic Robin Warning: Quotes from Salinger’s Franny and Zooey include some explicit language. Among philosophical pairings, few are as markedly disparate as that of Ernest Becker and G.K. Chesterton. The theories of Chesterton –a jovial theist, traditionalist, and pervasive optimist –and that of Becker –a, shall-we-say, less jovial cultural anthropologist with an interest in the pervasive power of man’s fear of death –seem in … Continue reading Timid Thinkers: Death, Deconstruction, and Dogma in Franny and Zooey

Chips: In Moderation

By Joshua Bruce “Potato chips may be eaten, but only in moderation.” The philosopher Aristotle said that. Well, he didn’t exactly say that. But if Aristotle had known about potato chips and how good they are, he definitely would have said that about them. Which is why my son, a classically trained toddler, already well-versed in Aristotelian categories, always says the same thing when he … Continue reading Chips: In Moderation

Why Classical Education is the Future

By Dr. Steve Turley   There’s an interesting term that’s developed among scholars over the last several years: retraditionalization. While certainly a bit cumbersome, it is a rather simple and indeed profound concept. In the face of threats to a sense of place, identity, and security so often posed by globalization, populations tend to reassert historic identity and security markers – religion, custom, and tradition … Continue reading Why Classical Education is the Future

A Classical Christian School—Two Centuries Ago

By Ian Mosley, Instructor of Latin, School of the Ozarks “But isn’t the whole point of our movement that we already are doing things the way they were done two centuries ago?” The way we describe our own movement can sometimes be confusing. It is sometimes framed as a “recovery” of a way of education that has been lost, which would seem to imply that … Continue reading A Classical Christian School—Two Centuries Ago

Book Review: Dwelling on Delphi: Thinking Christianly about the Liberal Arts

By Christine Norvell I found when I first visited with Dr. Robert Woods by phone in 2011 that he had a winning way. I was simply calling to learn more about the Great Books graduate programs at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. I told myself I was just investigating, but by the time our conversation ended, I found myself agreeing with his pivotal question, “When … Continue reading Book Review: Dwelling on Delphi: Thinking Christianly about the Liberal Arts

The Best Shakespeare Story Ever

By Christine Norvell It was a classic when it was first published in 1949, but it remains a classic because it is one-of-a-kind. Marchette Chute’s Shakespeare of London[1] absolutely is the best biography because of her approach. Chute essentially crafted the story of Shakespeare’s life from a paper trail, from wherever she could find town records, lease arrangements, tax papers, theatre programs, personal letters, and … Continue reading The Best Shakespeare Story Ever