Ideas Have Consequences Book Club: Introduction

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Today we begin our book club discussions of Richard Weaver’s Ideas Have Consequences. I always look forward to the conversations our book clubs have initiated, and I anticipate some particularly good ones with this book, as long as I can continue to make sense of what he says with my pregnancy-addled brain. As hostess and as mind-function-handicapped, I will likely stick to making the summary, and just join in on the rabbit trails and commentary of others. At least with … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Book Club Series – Simply Convivial

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In 2011, I was able to host an online book club discussing James Taylor’s Poetic Knowledge. Below are my posts for the series, and within them are the links to the other participants’ posts. Chapter 1 The Validity of Poetic Knowledge Education and Emotion Chapter 2 The Philosophical Foundations, part 1 The Philosophical Foundations, part 2 Connections Cultivation Chapter 3 Connatural, Intentional, and Intuitive Knowledge, part 1 Connatural, Intentional, and Intuitive Knowledge, part 2 Statements on Rest Chapter 4 Descartes … Read More

Leisure, the Basis of Culture series

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In 2009 I participated in an online book club led by Cindy Rollins on Josef Pieper’s Leisure, the Basis of Culture. This book is the introduction to scholé, but it’s also a tough read. It’s short, but it’s dense and sometimes cumbersome, being a translation from German. Get the “Mystie’s notes” version here, with favorite quotes and discussion questions: What is scholé? Find out.

Keeping House Book Club Series Table of Contents

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In 2011 I participated in a small online book club, discussing Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life by Margaret Kim Peterson. Here is the table of contents listing those posts. Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life Preface Ye Do It Unto Me It Matters A Grounding Sheltering, Fostering Gratitude Laundry & Clothes “So what really matters? Well, housework, among other things. It is not the only thing that matters, but it does matter. It matters that people have … Read More

Incarnate Order – Simply Convivial

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This is my contribution to Cindy’s Book Club on Roots of American Order. [Christianity’s] principles demanded a new sort of heroism, more severe than that of the Law of the Jews, more sacrificing of self than the old Roman virtue. Out of this teaching there would rise what were to be called the Christian “theological virtues” of faith, hope, and charity. Faith To have faith is to respond morally, through an act of will, to God’s love and wisdom: to … Read More

Virtuous Order – Simply Convivial

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More posts on Chapter 4 of Roots of American Order can be found at Cindy’s blog. Kirk says the Roman concept of virtue was one of “energetic manliness.” T.S. Elliot points us to the three main concepts of Virgil’s concept of Roman virtue: labor, pietas, fatum. Labor Virgil emphasized the dignity of labor. Physical, manual, even menial labor is not servile, but builds fortitude, builds virtue. Work is a necessary virtue, not a necessary evil. He [Virgil] knew that we … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Chapter 2, part 1 The Philosophical Foundations – Simply Convivial

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For information and previous posts, see the page for this Poetic Knowledge Book Club This week we are covering pages 11-27 and next week we will finish chapter two with pages 27-58. Chapter 2, part 1: The Philosophical Foundations of Poetic Knowledge Poetic Knowledge was first displayed, described, and commended by Homer, Socrates, and Aristotle. Poetic Knowledge sees poetic, transcendent significance of reality; its opposite, in this case, is materialism. embraces contemplation, meditation, and leisure rather than effort, work, labor, … Read More

Poetic Knowledge: Connections

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This is my own rabbit trail post for the Poetic Knowledge Book Club. The Power of Thinking without Thinking Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell On page 56, Taylor says that empirical psychology has ignored the intuition and poetic knowledge, but there were several instances in this chapter that reminded me of Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, which I listened to and reviewed last year. Indeed, if you want a totally different approach and … Read More

Poetic Knowledge: Education and Emotion – Simply Convivial

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This is my own rabbit trail post for thePoetic Knowledge Book Club. Education and Emotion The second-to-last paragraph of chapter 1 struck me more than anything else in this chapter: Given that the scientific idea of education is a mechanical model that manifests itself in some form of the “drill and kill” system, and given, in contrast, that the human being is not a machine and has not, for centuries, responded to learning by such methods, the conflict produced by … Read More

2011-2012 School Year: Inspirations – Simply Convivial

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Here are the books and blog posts I revisited while I was putting together my lists and plans. List Books The Book Tree by Elizabeth McCallum & Jane Scott All Through the Ages by Christine Miller (I inherited the first edition in a 3-ring binder from my mom) Big Picture “By Design” at Quiddity by James Daniels “Homeschooling the Freeborn” at Ordo Amoris by Cindy Rollins “How to Simply Homeschool” at Holy Experience by Ann Voskamp “Mission Drift, homeschool style” … Read More

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