The Liberal Arts

Distinctively human action—that is, the kind of action which belongs to human beings and no other animals—receives its specifically-human character from the use of reason; and reason is developed through learning.

Education as a Habit

Closing the Doors. When René Descartes proposed a new approach to the study of physics--intending to displace the traditional Aristotelian thinking--he did not cite Aristotle's work; indeed, he hardly acknowledged it, let alone any developments made in the intervening centuries.  Rather, as he wrote in a letter to his friend Marin Mersenne, he hoped that …