Off to Storm the Castle

I am driving 8 hours today to Michigan to attend the 51st annual Medieval Conference in Kalamazoo at Western Michigan University. I’ll be presenting a paper on Beowulf! After that, I get to swing by Holland Michigan to see some old friends. a picture from a recent participatory viewing of the Princess Bride at church, … Continue reading Off to Storm the Castle

To Speak the Truth in Love: A Lecture on Rhetoric in Plato’s Gorgias

This lecture was given Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Cornerstone Church in Franklin, Tennessee. It was part of a lecture on speaking and seeking the truth in love. The first half was a presentation by Mark Hays of Classical Conversations. The second-half was presented by me as the following lecture: Introduction There is a lot to … Continue reading To Speak the Truth in Love: A Lecture on Rhetoric in Plato’s Gorgias

In Defense of the Useless, Part I

A liberal arts education, like love, is best when it is useless. ‘Useless’ is a philosophic term which refers to that which is enjoyed for its own sake, that which has purpose, value, and meaning in and of itself. Joseph Pieper discusses the useless on page 41 of  his essay In Defense of Philosophy. What he refers to as “philosophy,” he elsewhere refers to … Continue reading In Defense of the Useless, Part I