Wrapping Up

This last post is supposed to serve as a summary of my research findings. In all honesty, I already had difficulty summarizing five full-time weeks of research into a nineteen-page paper over these past few weeks, so I’m pretty overwhelmed by the task of summarizing my findings into a single post for my blog readers. I have decided to take this post to summarize the argument in my paper for you all as briefly as possible. [Read more…]

Balancing the Vita Activa with the Vita Contemplativa

“Never is he more active than when he does nothing, never is he less alone than when he is by himself.” - Cato

“Never is he more active than when he does nothing, never is he less alone than when he is by himself.” – Cato

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The Prejudice of Love

In discussing the objectivity that those in the modern academy strive so hard towards, Hannah Arendt writes, “Scientists formulate their hypotheses to arrange their experiments and then use these experiments to verify their hypotheses; during this whole enterprise, they obviously deal with a hypothetical nature.”

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Books as Conversation Partners

In A Theology of Higher Education, Mike Higton discusses how learning is inherently social. It is a continual conversation in which we learn to make judgments on the reasons of others, and to have our own reasons judged. He discusses how, even amidst the loneliness of a Ph.D. writer, the learning process is inherently social. I find his description fascinating: [Read more…]

Courage: Invite a Personalized Education

I’m often asked by high schoolers and friends who have elected to go to large state schools if the size of the College of William and Mary makes me feel claustrophobic. Since I graduated from high school with a class of 44 students, an undergraduate program with 6,000 undergrads doesn’t really have that affect on me. From the moment I stepped onto William and Mary’s campus while on a tour over three years ago, I desired to attend a somewhat small college. Based on the past two years, I could tell you about our low student/faculty ratio and how great it’s been to have such small class sizes, but I don’t think I really came to understand what I love so much about a small college experience until I began reading Martha Nussbaum’s explanation of the Socratic method.

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