The Lyceum Institute provides a digital environment dedicated to fostering the philosophical habit–of questioning the truth of things and the good of life–in all its members, as we collectively pursue the never-ending education of a truly mind-liberating nature. Much of education depends upon the atmosphere in which we immerse ourselves, and, in the twenty-first century, we all inhabit a digital atmosphere. The Lyceum Institute seeks a continual, communal, and thoughtful ennobling of that atmosphere.
A Better Digital Life
The Lyceum Institute seeks to aid its members pursuit of better habits, especially of careful thinking, and not just the preservation of truth, but its strengthening. This is not a program, a course, a certification process, nor simply a place to find content for passive consumption, but rather something to become a part of one’s life: a digital medium that directs one towards the development of perfective human habits, rather than deviant ones; habits of humility, generosity, insightful interpretation, willingness to hear, ardor for the truth and deepening one’s understanding, security in forming one’s beliefs, contentment, and worldly detachment. It is an enclave for thinking, differentiated from the world “outside” not by viewing it through a lens of gnosticism, but by instilling and maintaining a dispassionate devotion to the truth. It is where one may go after having observed the chaos, the disorder, the blind ideological adherence, and the sophistical machinations of the wider “intellectual” world, to learn, study, think, and most of all converse with others following a common path. It seeks the improvement of individual understanding through communal effort in fostering philosophical habit.
Digital life allows for unique educational opportunity. For one needs to do more than merely read books or blogs or articles to become educated: education always being a matter of a certain training, which entails not only reading or passive consumption of information, but the interpretative processing of that which is received and—perhaps most importantly of all—a critical conversation with others through which that interpretation may be refined and improved. No mind lives and thrives all on its own, and while reading the works of great writers is an encounter with their minds, it is one-directional only. Something more is needed—other persons, who bring not only their own minds, but all the minds they have read, all the minds they have encountered, in some way to your own.
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Enrollment in the Lyceum Institute is open to all-comers: graduate and undergraduate students, professors, clergy, the philosophically-seeking general public, and so on. Experts and novices alike profit from the community of common purpose and the mutual support in the pursuit of bettered habits. It is affordable (costing less per month than most streaming entertainment services); accessible by computer, tablet, or phone, wherever one has an internet connect; and always-improving.
Inquirere, Ordinare, Memorare
This unique digital environment emerges from the practice of the three parts of the Institute Motto: Inquirere, Ordinare, Memorare — to inquire, to remember, and to order.
Why these three actions?
The Lyceum Institute, being a digital environment, is adapted to fit and fructify the habits enabled by the nature of networked digital technology–which, at its core, is archival. That is, the very nature of digital architecture is to receive and retain bits of information that can represent nearly anything. Anything done online can be archived: captured in an arrangement of data and saved for posterity; it thus extends our memorative habits and capacities.
But consequently, for this archivality to be rightly leveraged, digital technology demands a habit of categorical consideration–a habit of ordering: as any good archive must be well-ordered, and approached with an ordered mind, for it to be used properly.
Furthermore, this demands of us an improved capacity for questioning; that is, no quantity of archived information, no matter how well it is organized, can tell us what we need to know if we do not even know how to ask the right questions. Moreover, what to do with that information requires not simply “the” right question, but a habit of knowing how to formulate those questions and pursue the answers. See Education and Digital Life for more details.
…The Lyceum is not only an ideal, a nostalgic and (therefore, inevitably) ambiguous attempt to return to some romanticised classical culture. The authenticity of the Lyceum culture—as exemplified by its founder and as lived through interactions between its founder and participant—calls for it to be invested in modern problems, to critically appropriate ideas from any source, submit them to rigorous analysis and application, ultimately seeking through them a means to better understand (and increase in certainty about) the way things are, the way they ought to be, what one’s role is in bridging this gap; where ‘things’ refer to the entirety of beings…
People expect to join the Lyceum to enrich their knowledge of philosophy, and while this is true and is indeed a highly likely result, there is something more subtly learned as well: orienting oneself towards having meaningful exchanges with people over the internet…. I have spent hours upon hours scrolling through my Twitter feed, where oftentimes my biggest reward for doing so is being able to flash a grin at a post that is funny in the moment… [the internet] is rarely thought of as a place to help yourself understand the world around them.
This is why the Lyceum is crucial in a time where people have too much access to “digital noise” […]: it is a community for every one of us to strive to better our philosophical habits, to make our own ideas clearer, and/or to strengthen them.
I have a schedule that is quite unpredictable, so I wasn’t sure if the Lyceum would work for me. I finally decided to give it a go and I am really glad I did. I’ve been a member for two months now and honestly I feel a little guilty because I’ve received far more value than I’ve paid for. I’ve been studying Thomistic philosophy on my own for over ten years, so I am no beginner in that respect, but I have learned an incredible amount… in my short time at the Lyceum. It’s very exciting to be on the ground level of what I believe can and will be a true game changer in how we use technology.
Enrollment in the Lyceum Institute is sorted into three tiers: Basic, Advanced, and Premium. Please note that there is a $6/mo technology cost for each tier, included in the monthly charge.*
|Basic Lyceum Enrollment||Advanced Lyceum Enrollment||Premium Lyceum Enrollment|
|Access to the Lyceum Institute||X||X||X|
|Persons per account||1||1||2|
|Access to Philosophical Resources||X||X||X|
|Access to Quaestiones Disputatae||X||X||X|
|Access to Language Studies||X||X||X|
|Access to Lecture Recordings||X||X||X|
|Access to Seminar Recordings & Advanced Research Archive||X||X|
|PDFs of all CPI Publications||X||X|
|Seminar access||2 included||6 included|
|Additional seminar discounts||35% on one|
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