School Studies vs. the Pursuit of Wisdom

For most people, “study” refers to work done while enrolled in school. In modern schools, we are required to complete minimum requirements that serve the interests of secular government, but not of human life. College studies tend to be focused on the minimum requirements of degrees that are sought for … Read more

What is Dialectic?

As you learn about the seven classical liberal arts, you’ll notice a number of different names used to refer to the art of reasoning– “dialectic”, “logic”, “analytics”, or just “reasoning”. These names seem to be used with no distinction, yet they do not mean the same thing. In this video, I explain what “dialectic” is and why we should not use it to refer to the second of the seven classical liberal arts.

God bless,
Mr. William C. Michael
Classical Liberal Arts Academy

How to Memorize by St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas

In the Summa Theologica, where St. Thomas Aquinas teaches on the virtue of Prudence, he explains that Memory is a part of this virtue. In that place, he explains how one exercises the Memory “There are four things whereby a man perfects his memory.” Let’s study and discuss how this … Read more

three kinds of Intellectual Life

There are three different kinds of intellectual life: (1) the selfish life that does not study, but lives by desires and opinion. (2) the public life, which studies what is needed for gaining money or influence in society, and (3) the contemplative life, which studies for wisdom, privately. The first … Read more

A Response to Martin Cothran

In the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, we take the work of restoring real classical education very seriously. I work constantly to help parents understand the history of classical Catholic education and to make it available to their children today. Recently, I began a series of videos in which I offered … Read more