About our Journal: Editorial Statement

Posted Posted in 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 […]

On the Liberal Art of Grammar

Posted Posted in Liberal Arts

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.’

Athena as Founder and Statesman in the “Eumenides” of Aeschylus

Posted Posted in Liberal Arts, Rhetoric

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 on the Use of Liberal Education for the Theater of Life

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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.