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Episode 70: 5 Philosophical Principles for Life

Episode 70: 5 Philosophical Principles for Life

5 Philosophical Principles for Life In this solocast, Dr. Smith discusses 5 philosophical and practical principles to guide life. He covers:5 Principles for Practical Living– Philosophy is a way of life– Augustine, Christianity, and Philosophy– The Interior Life– 1. Do not react– 2. Do not judge– 3. Attend to yourself– 4. Attend to the present– 5. Accept all from God Click here to support the work of CSA – catholicstudiesacademy.com/donate-to-csa/     Please subscribe to our

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Why Trust is Superior to Doubt: Overcoming Modernity

Why Trust is Superior to Doubt: Overcoming Modernity

WHY TRUST IS SUPERIOR TO DOUBT Anyone who has a passing familiarity with modern philosophy, will recognize the name Rene Descartes. Indeed, it is not too much to say that he is one of the founding fathers of modernity. This is evident from two of his most important ideas: (a) the endorsement of radical doubt and (b) the conception of the “inner self.” These ideas deeply impacted the early modern Enlightenment and continue to shape

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Art, Education, and Perfection

Art, Education, and Perfection

Often those of us who have benefited from a classical education bemoan the decline of the liberal arts in education, but fail to provide a clear rational for its value. Worse still, sometimes we seek to justify the liberal arts in pragmatic, capitalist, or utilitarian terms, which actually fosters an attitude that is inimical to the real value of the liberal arts. To be sure, the liberal arts are useful, but they are not merely

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Real Education is the Cultivation of Human Nature

Real Education is the Cultivation of Human Nature

Education is neither science nor magic. It is not a machine because man, the subject of education, is not a machine; it is not magic because man is not reducible to a material mechanism that may be manipulated by natural or “magical” processes. The essential problem with almost any modern educational program is that it assumes a reductionist model of human nature or denies the existence of human nature altogether. When it really comes down

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Education is Neither Science nor Magic

Education is Neither Science nor Magic

EDUCATION IS NOT A SCIENCE Education is not a science and despite what the education industry promotes there is no magic formula for making everyone brilliant and successful. Taken together these theses constitute a heresy that offends the deepest held beliefs of professional educators. The belief that education is something like an empirical science, along with the Utopian dream that every man is a potential genius; we just need to apply the right educational method.

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