Joseph Baldacchino, ed.: Educating for Virtue

National Humanities Institute, 1988 (There are still problems with adding links here, but go to the publisher’s website or amazon and buy the book!)

Essays by Solveig Eggerz, Paul Gottfried, Russell Kirk, Claes G. Ryn, Peter Stanlis

Back Cover:

Baldacchino“If there is a single thread that runs through these essays, it is the recognition of a universal order that transcends the flux of human life and gives meaning to it. Insofar as men act in accordance with this order, they experience true happiness and are brought into community with others who are similarly motivated. But men are afflicted with contrary impulses that are destructive of universal order. When acted upon, these impulses bring suffering and a sense of meaninglessness and despair; the result is disintegration and conflict – within both the personality and society at large. Yet so tempting are the attactions of these impulses that they frequently prevail and must be taken into account in any realistic assessment of human affairs. This tension within the person between competing desires – the conflict between what Plato called the One and the Many – is the ultimate reality of human experience. To apprehend this reality, and to act in the light of the transcendent purpose with appropriate reverence and restraint, is the essence of wisdom; and to help deepen and strengthen this apprehension – through philosophy, history, literature, and the arts and sciences – is the overarching purpose of any education worthy of the name.”

From the Foreword [by Baldacchino]


Claes G. Ryn: The Humanities and Moral Reality

Russell Kirk: The Ethical Purpose of Literary Studies

Paul Gottfried: Education and the American Political Tradition

Peter J. Stanlis: The Humanities in Secondary Education

Solveig Eggerz: Permanence and the History Curriculum

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