Why are Catholics Studying Socrates and Plato?

It’s common in modern circles to find Catholics talking and writing a great deal about Plato’s dialogues and the “Socratic Method”. The people doing are usually also promoting the “Great Books”–which is always a red flag. For some reason, modern Christian teachers and parents, try to promote “reading” as some kind of intrinsic good. The “love of reading” is seen as some kind of intellectual achievement, but this is like celebrating that a child “loves listening to others talk” or “loves watching videos”. The content of the media being consumed is, apparently, not as important as the fact of reading. … Continue

What is Modesty?

Many attempt to define amd describe modesty in an effort to enforce personal convictions about clothing and behavior. These efforts are usually lazy and shallow. A sound definition for modesty, drawn from the moral philosophy of Aristotle, would be: Modesty is the fear of infamy. Infamy is the evil of being known for bad quality or deed. Aristotle explains that having no fear of infamy is “impudence”, which is a vice. A good man, on the other hand, fears infamy, and this is the virtue of “modesty”. A good man, then, seeks to avoid infamy by avoiding the appearance of … Continue

Aristotle’s Ethics now online!

Aristotle is history's master of the art of Logic

Dear friends, I am happy to announce that the full text of Thomas Taylor’s translation of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics is not available on the Classical Liberal Arts Academy website. Students no longer need to use the old PDF version that has been available thus far for study. I will be linking all lessons in the Study Center to this text to make study much more convenient. In the future, we will be republishing all of the texts used in our courses, in online, PDF and printed versions. God bless your studies, Mr. William C. Michael, HeadmasterClassical Liberal Arts Academy

Aesop’s Fables, Lesson 09. The Dog and His Shadow

A Dog, bearing in his mouth a piece of meat that he had stolen, was crossing a smooth stream by means of a plank. Looking in, he saw what he took to be another dog carrying another piece of meat. Snapping greedily to get this as well, he let go the meat that he had, and lost it in the stream. Exposition In this fable, we see there’s only one character – the dog. Many students wrongly identify the moral of this fable because they ignore one important detail. We read that a dog is bearing or carrying in his … Continue

The Wolf and the Lamb, by Aesop

In this lesson, we study Aesop’s Fable of “The Wolf and the Lamb”. To complete the objectives of this lesson, complete the following tasks: Study the fable for mastery, being careful to learn all of the details of the fable. Study the lesson exposition below. Complete the lesson assessment. Lesson A hungry Wolf one day saw a Lamb drinking at a stream, and wished to frame some plausible excuse for making him his prey. “What do you mean by muddling the water I am going to drink?” fiercely said he to the Lamb. “Pray forgive me,” meekly answered the Lamb; … Continue