Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Chapter 6, part 2 – Poetic Knowledge and the Integrated Humanities Program – Simply Convivial

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This week we are discussing Chapter 6, part 2: Poetic Knowledge and the Integrated Humanities Program (conversation transcript). Next week we will begin chapter 7, which Cindy has said is THE pull-it-all-together chapter that makes the whole book worthwhile. I have so far found the whole book worthwhile, so I’m excited to delve into chapter 7. We will read pages 167-178.


This is a transcript of a conversation between Quinn and Senior as they talk philosophy shop about what poetic knowledge is.

You must never make the mistake in thinking that the only kind of knowledge is intellectual knowledge. [Senior]


Because this was quite short and not really anything new, feel free to take a tangent, pursue a thought from a previous chapter, or take a break. :)

Discussion Question

Have you added any more books to your reading queue because of this book?

Between James Taylor and Willa, I would love to dig into Aquinas, but Augustine is still waiting to be met first-hand. Augustine comes first, but now Aquinas is on the list, even if I’m 50 before I get to him.

I have owned Ideas Have Consequences for a couple years. I think it was during a book club on that book that I first discovered the Dominion Family blog. It’s a thin little book, but one that I have always assumed is dense. It shall go on my “this year” list. Thanks for the push, Silvia.

At some point I picked up Gatto’s Dumbing Us Down on the cheap, but I’ve never really been terribly interested in reading it. It, too, is a thin volume, so it might be an interesting look at what exactly the “un-poetic” is. After all, I am missing the common link. Sunday School was the closest thing to institutional learning and classroom I experienced until the community college at 16. One time — I might have been 5 or so — I think I spent a day or a morning at a day-care-type place (maybe it was a kindergarten? But I think my brother stayed, too) where the teacher was a friend of mom’s. It is a very hazy memory, but one that sticks out because it was so beyond anything I had ever and did ever again experience. I mostly just remember bright primary colors and 20 kids sitting on the floor and it being exciting at first, but I was relieved I never had to go again when Mom came back. Anyway, homeschool is not the magic bullet, so now I’m kinda curious to read Gatto’s book to get some contrast with Poetic Knowledge.

After this chapter about IHP, I am even more excited to dive into the collection of hospitality and homekeeping (theoretical/philosophical rather than technical and practical) books, since it appears that having people over for conversation can be a key ingredient, as well as simply the atmosphere and rhythm of the everyday. I started reading Edith Schaeffer’s L’abri over the weekend because I had an inkling there might be some tie-ins with the “conversation” thread, and I was very struck by what she describes. Review, commonplace entry, and connection with Poetic Knowledge shall be forthcoming.

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