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Autumn Kennedy

Beholding the Truth of the Universe: Arithmetic as the Foundation for Learning

This problem, that we perceive only multiplicity but know there must be unity, is called the problem of change. The pursuit of philosophy is to solve this problem; it is the search for the one. Arithmetic provides a paradigm for this philosophical search. That we may be able to search for the one in all things (which is God), we first learn to search for it in numbers.

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Beholding the Truth of the Universe: Arithmetic as the Foundation for Learning

This problem, that we perceive only multiplicity but know there must be unity, is called the problem of change. The pursuit of philosophy is to solve this problem; it is the search for the one. Arithmetic provides a paradigm for this philosophical search. That we may be able to search for the one in all things (which is God), we first learn to search for it in numbers.

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Books, Books, Everywhere… but What on Earth to Read? (Part 2)

A few months ago, I posed a question: how do you decide what to read in an age saturated with options? I suggested some habits to avoid, such as reading with urgency and a too simplistic love of beauty. But don’ts are only so helpful. What should we do to become abler readers in the 21st century?

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A Classical Education Creed

Classical educators agree on the ends of liberal education, namely, the possession of the true, good, and beautiful, wisdom, and the development of the intellectual and imaginative powers that enable their attainment. But the pedagogical means to these ends are less obvious. Here is an attempt to set out a set of principles and claims regarding these means, with an eye to the ends we all agree on.

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The Redemptive Suffering of Motherhood in Kristin Lavransdatter

Through the mystery of the Incarnation, the divide between the physical and spiritual is mended as the physical is elevated through its relation to the eternal. In order for Kristin to be saved then, she must learn to cling to the mystery of the Incarnation, mending the divide between her will and God’s. This is no easy task, for the Incarnation necessitates the Cross.

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Lapsarian Literature: Lampedusa’s Leopard

It is by no means a happy book, but it is a beautiful one and one well worth the time to savor every sentence. To shore our ruins, we must read the heroes and their funeral orations: of Achilles and of Fabrizio. For, like them, we see the inevitable coming.

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Hunchback Nation

In our decadent age, many perceive any duty or constraints on our immediate pleasure as burdens bending our backs to the ground, yet we stand no straighter when we shrug our burdens onto others. 

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Sunday Obligation

He greets the Sabbath like most other days bleary and bold, chews his toast until it’s cold then half puts on his pants and sweater

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On Ecce Homo by Antonio Ciseri

With its incredible synthesis of history, emotion, and man’s desire to make beautiful things for God, may it be a fruitful inspiration for our contemplative life, especially during this Lenten season.

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Plato's Republic

PLATO’S REPUBLIC

The Republic is the most complete attempt by Plato to articulate and answer the question, “What is the best way of life for a human being?” It is

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