Here is a valuable resource for zealous students of the liberal arts: articles annotated by main point, structure, important quotations, and relevance to the liberal arts and liberal education
Arts of Liberty is an interdisciplinary, academic journal dedicated to the comprehensive study of liberal education in its speculative, historical, and practical dimensions. Speculatively, the journal aspires to recover, deepen, and cultivate an authentic understanding of the kind of education that liberates and perfects human nature. As such, it seeks contributions that not only deepen […]
The following comments propose to clarify the nature of grammar as an art, a speculative and liberal art. First I distinguish grammar from other arts concerned with speech with particular attention to the difference between grammar and logic. Then I show that while grammar is an art, it is a ‘speculative art.’ (Here I show how this art is ‘speculative’ as a whole, and can yet be divided into parts that are ‘speculative’ and ‘practical’ in several ways.) Finally, I discuss the respect in which it is entitled ‘liberal.’
The Oresteia develops upon three levels: the theological, the political, and the ethical. The theological development moves from divisiveness among the gods to the consolidation of the rule of Zeus; the political development moves from Troy to Argos to Athens; and the ethical development moves from will without restraint, to will subject to responsibility, to self-rule fully responsible to religious, familial, and political obligations.
Augustine himself vigorously put his own education in the service of his Catholic faith, despoiling as much pagan wisdom as he could and conducting himself on the global stage with an eye to his heavenly audience and destination. One of the greatest examples of a Christian use of the liberal arts in the theater of life before this great globe dissolves at the end of time may therefore be the very life and writings of Augustine.
Hopefully reading authors such as Livy and Aristotle will inspire us to cherish every bit of freedom we have and to use it while we have it to fight for a renewal of the character and forms proper to a free people.