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No Shortcuts: Why the Trivium Matters

John of Salisbury wrote his Metalogicon in response to contemporary detractors of the arts of the trivium, detractors he places under the name of Cornificius. According to Cornificius, people can reach wisdom and eloquence through “shortcuts” without needing to attend to the rigorous practice of grammar, logic, and dialectic. The Metalogicon largely concerns itself not…

Where is Justice in Shakespeare’s King Lear?

Questions concerning the nature and extent of justice have colored the literature and philosophy of societies across continents and millennia. From Aeschylus’ Oresteia and the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle to the book of Job and the writings of Confucius, mankind has wrestled with whether nature and the gods are just, and whether society can…

A Prayer for Students and Teachers

O Lord God, Three-in-One, In all our pursuits we desire chiefly to know You. Grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit You might illuminate our minds and hearts, That by grace through faith, in love and virtue, We might know you, And, by beholding, become like you. In the name and for the…