Magnus Fellows Cohort

A Community of Learning for Liberal Education

A Three Year Encounter with the True, Good, and Beautiful

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We are pleased to announce Open Enrollment for the 2024-2025 Magnus Cohort
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Embark on a life-changing three year certification in the Liberal Arts.

Make an integral study of the arts of speech—the Trivium or Three-fold Way—and the arts of quantity, the Quadrivium or Four-fold Way; then, follow out these liberal—these freeing—arts into their natural fulfillment, philosophical inquiry into cosmic order, the soul, metaphysics and human action. Traverse a curriculum shaped around classics of the Western Tradition and works from some of the Tradition’s prominent contemporary advocates.

The Cohort seeks to be a community of learning in the spirit of 2 John: “they are friends, indeed, who have become co-operators in a work of truth.” To that end, you will embark systematically through the core curriculum with 24 peers and dedicated tutors teaching 12 eight-week courses over a three year period. Upon completion, fellows will receive a certificate of Lifetime Fellowship which affirms one’s ability to teach the Liberal Arts – and so make men free. 

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Cohort Membership is reserved exclusively for AMI benefactors giving at the Legatus Level ($50/month) and above.

Cohort members remain welcome to take ANY AMI elective at no charge, and receive access to all course recording archives. AMI will offer all of the core curriculum courses in order.

Registration Closes on Aug 31, 2024.

Curriculum

Year One: Arts of the Trivium

Fall Term:

September—November

Introductory Seminar:
The Grammar of Conversational Inquiry through Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey

Winter Term:

January—February

Tutorial on Formal Logic: Art in the Acts of the Intellect

Spring Term:

March—May

Tutorial on Rhetoric: Art in Persuasion

Summer Term:

June—August

Tutorial on Poetics: Beauty in Speech

Year Two: Arts of the Quadrivium

Fall Term:

September—November

Tutorial in Geometry, ΜΗΔΕΙΣ ἈΓΕΩΜΕΤΡΗΤΟΣ ΕΙΣΙΤΩ;

Winter Term:

January—February

Tutorial in Arithmetic, Counting and What Counts

Spring Term:

March—May

Tutorial in Music, Tonal Art and Thinking

Summer Term:

June—August

Tutorial in Astronomy, Sight, Theory and Model

Year Three: Philosophical Arts

Fall Term:

September—November

Tutorial: Nature and Natures

Winter Term:

January—February

Tutorial: The Soul and Immortality

Spring Term:

March—May

Tutorial: Fundamentals of Metaphysics

Summer Term:

June—August

Tutorial: Philosophy of Human Action

Texts Per Year Overview:

Year One Texts:

  • Homer, The Iliad
  • Homer, The Odyssey
  • Aristotle, Interpretation, Categories, and Prior Analytics
  • John of St. Thomas’ Formal Logic
  • Jacques Maritain’s Formal Logic
  • Aristotle, Poetics
  • Oedipus the King
  • Antigone
  • Selections from Shakespeare, Keats, Wordsworth, Dickinson, Stevens, Eliot and Auden

Year Two Texts:

  • Peter Ulrickson, A Brief Quadrivium, Geometry, Arithmetic, Astronomy and Music
  • Euclid, Elements and Optics
  • Apollonius of Perga’s Conic Sections
  • Plato’s Republic 
  • Nicomachus of Gerasa,
  • Selected readings from Ptolemy, Copernicus and Kepler
  • Selected readings from Boethius, De Institutione Musica (On Musical Order)

Year Three Texts:

  • Aristotle, Physics
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, De Principiis Naturae (On the Principles of Nature)
  • Yves Simon, The Great Dialogue of Nature and Space
  • Plato, Phaedo
  • Aristotle’s De Anima (On the Soul)
  • St. Thomas, Summa Theologiae
  • Aristotle, Metaphysics
  • St. Thomas, Quaestiones Disputatae de Veritate (Disputed Questions on Truth) and De Ente et Essentia (On Being and Essence)
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

How to Apply:

You MUST already be enrolled as a Fellow to join the Cohort Program. Already enrolled as a fellow? Sign in here: