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Aristotelian Pluralism and Diversity: The Conditions for Civic Education and the Common Good

Aristotelian Pluralism and Diversity: The Conditions for Civic Education and the Common Good

With the decline in social capital and the rise of the immigrant populace in the United States, there is renewed interest in civic education as a way to provide a...
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A Philosophy of Prudence and the Purpose of Higher Education Today

A Philosophy of Prudence and the Purpose of Higher Education Today

In the past decade there have emerged several books that have spoken about the crisis in American higher education. However, what this crisis is and how do institutions best address...
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Higher Education: A Modest Proposal for Reform

Higher Education: A Modest Proposal for Reform

The problem with reforms is that they almost always are thinly-veiled programs of revolutionary action. Sold as corrections of abuses, reforms generally aim to subvert existing institutions and replace them...
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Timelessness of Proust: Reflections on In Search of Lost Time

Timelessness of Proust: Reflections on In Search of Lost Time

Timelessness of Proust: Reflections on In Search of Lost Time. Charles R. Embry and Glenn Hughes, eds. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2019.   This volume offers a philosophical-spiritual...
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Raising Statesmen

Raising Statesmen

In a democracy, we get the politicians we deserve. Apparently we deserve many leaders, but no statesmen. We may be happy or unhappy about the policies a politician promotes, and...
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With the decline in social capital and the rise of the immigrant populace in the United States, there is renewed interest in civic education as a way to provide a meaningful understanding of citizenship and thereby greater civic integration into American political life.1 Although public education is often seen as a repository and conveyance of civic education, it is also…

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In the past decade there have emerged several books that have spoken about the crisis in American higher education. However, what this crisis is and how do institutions best address it remains uncertain.1 For example, some critics have followed the concerns laid out in the Spellings Commission’s 2006 Report, A Test of Leadership, that find the American workforce is increasingly…

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The problem with reforms is that they almost always are thinly-veiled programs of revolutionary action. Sold as corrections of abuses, reforms generally aim to subvert existing institutions and replace them with the latest plan to achieve Progress through centralized planning. Our society’s transformation from one of dedication to family, faith, and freedom to one of individualism and dependence in the…

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Timelessness of Proust: Reflections on In Search of Lost Time. Charles R. Embry and Glenn Hughes, eds. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2019.
 
This volume offers a philosophical-spiritual viewpoint that complements with its insights the masses of literary studies published on the work of Marcel Proust for over at least a hundred years. Much of it focuses on the narrator…

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In a democracy, we get the politicians we deserve. Apparently we deserve many leaders, but no statesmen. We may be happy or unhappy about the policies a politician promotes, and we may vote this way or that depending on who we think will best promote our interests. No one today, however, seems very happy about the personal caliber of our…

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Unlike other disciplines in the humanities, American political science since the 1950s has been concerned with establishing a scientific identity, drawing from the philosophy of logical positivism to establish empirical models to explain political behavior.[1] This “behavioral revolution” in the discipline reconceived science as a process of building definitions and taxonomies upon observed experience and moving from description to eventual…

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This chapter proposes an alternative to contemporary liberal education, by specifying a form of liberal arts education that is fit for the 21st century. We begin with the classical period to ascertain what the founders of “liberal arts education” meant by the term. The classical authors distinguish two types of arts or main subjects of study. They hold that the…

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The decline of the humanities in American higher education – literature, history, philosophy, classical studies, linguistics, and foreign languages – is most recently evident in the drop in enrollments from 17.2% of degrees in 1967 to 6.5% in 2013.[1] Further proof of this decline is the decreasing number of academic positions available in these disciplines. For instance, in the 2013-14…

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Why The Humanities Matter Today: In Defense of Liberal Education. Lee Trepanier, ed. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2017.
 
This book promises to tell the reader why the humanities matter today and moreover why a new approach to the defense of the humanities is needed. Lee Trepanier, editor and author of both the Introduction and the final chapter, includes political science within the…

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A Guide to Understanding Eric Voegelin’s Political Reality. Montgomery C. Erfourth. South Bend, Indiana: St. Augustine’s Press, 2019.
 
A Guide to Understanding Eric Voegelin’s Political Reality is a short book (three chapters and a conclusion) that focuses on an epistemological question: How do human beings know what is real? Because Voegelin was particularly concerned with political philosophy, his conception of political…

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