philosophy

A Defense of Western Civilization

Friday, June 26 | 2:30-3:15 pm Philosophy & Worldview Sponsored by Memoria Press Session Recording One of the chief things that classical Christian education aims to do is to preserve and transmit the cultural heritage of the Christian West. Yet in our day, “Western Civilization” has become something of a byword. How do we convince others that it’s something worth preserving? Join Martin Cothran as… Read More »A Defense of Western Civilization

When Orality Abides Rhetoric Thrives

Thursday, June 25 | 2:30-3:15pm Philosophy & Worldview Session Recording There is something missing. It is popular, in evangelical circles, to refer to high school as the “School of Rhetoric,” but, ironically, the majority have only one or two rhetoric classes. These classes almost always focus on composition. Now, writing quality essays is a worthy goal. However, in terms of engaging one’s neighbor, developing quick… Read More »When Orality Abides Rhetoric Thrives

Rhetoric Divine, Rhetoric Diabolical

Friday, June 26 | 10:30-11:15am Philosophy & Worldview Sponsored by Templeton Honors College Session Recording In this workshop, Kern takes the risk of a direct comparison between the Divine and the diabolical rhetorics of Genesis 1-3. He asks, how was the serpent able to persuade a person to evil who had not yet sinned? This meditation reveals a great deal about how we can use… Read More »Rhetoric Divine, Rhetoric Diabolical

One Art to Rule Them All

Friday, June 26 | 11:30-12:15pm Philosophy & Worldview Session Recording In this workshop Kern begins to show the universality, logo-centricity, and simplicity of Christian classical rhetoric. He shows that there is nobody who does not use and does not need to learn how to better use its tools, how its glory is realized when it is ordered to Christ the word, and how it is… Read More »One Art to Rule Them All

The Art of Rhetoric in Light of Christ

Friday, June 26 | 11:30-12:15pm Philosophy & Worldview Sponsored by Baylor Honors College Session Recording Many Christian Classical schools give a central place to the art of rhetoric. This is appropriate, given the role of the affections in Christian formation. Contemporary culture, however, tends to reduce persuasion to a technique that is detached from personal agency or ethical reality. A Christian understanding of the art… Read More »The Art of Rhetoric in Light of Christ

Moral Philosophy as Capstone Experience

Thursday, June 25 | 10:30-11:15am Philosophy & Worldview Session Recording This workshop identifies the ways in which a moral philosophy course, centered on the disputed question genre, can serve as a capstone experience in classical Christian schools, and prepare students for independent thesis projects. After a brief introduction, workshop participants will collectively construct a disputed question to take a stand on a sample moral issue.… Read More »Moral Philosophy as Capstone Experience

Teaching History as a Literature of Human Action

Thursday, June 25 | 10:30-11:15am Philosophy & Worldview This talk is intended to help teachers free themselves from poor imitations of scientific form in their subject area—from anthropological or political approaches to history. It reasserts the person as the focus of historic attention and human action as the historical narrative’s complication and ultimate resolution. In practical terms, it gives teachers a way to sort out… Read More »Teaching History as a Literature of Human Action

Effective Classroom Discussion

Friday, June 26 | 10:30-11:15am Philosophy & Worldview Sponsored by New Saint Andrews College Session Recording There is more to discussion than merely getting students to talk about the material. There is more to it than provoking their opinions. Is your classroom a place where students think well, listen well, and speak well? What practices stifle those qualities? This practical workshop provides ideas about how… Read More »Effective Classroom Discussion

Lessons Learned: What Have We Learned about Classical Education after 40 Years of Trying to Recover It?

Friday, June 26 | 3:30-4:15pm Philosophy & Worldview Sponsored by Classical Academic Press Session Recording In 1980 and 1981, three classical Christian schools were planted, each without knowledge of the other. About this same time, homeschoolers were seeking a better way of educating their children and looking to the past for better models than what we all have experienced in modern, progressive schools. In a… Read More »Lessons Learned: What Have We Learned about Classical Education after 40 Years of Trying to Recover It?

Men Without Chests: The Dangers of a Values-Free Education

Friday, June 26 | 2:30-3:15pm Philosophy & Worldview Sponsored by Classical Academic Press Session Recording In The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis discusses what happens when society abandons its duty to educate its children in accordance with fixed moral/ethical standards: what Lewis calls the Tao. This talk will discuss how a values-free approach to education kills virtue, wonder, and courage. Dr. Louis Markos Louis… Read More »Men Without Chests: The Dangers of a Values-Free Education