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Today we would like to feature one of the speakers at this year’s Symposium 2021: Dr. Owen Anderson, professor of philosophy and religious studies at Arizona State University.   Dr. Anderson has published seven books and teaches courses in philosophy, philosophy of religion, ethics, and religion.  At Symposium, Dr. Anderson will be explicating some of the historical trends of science. Using the methods of Charles Lyell, Anderson will show that scientific origin stories reflect the philosophical assumptions of...

Note: The following entry is from Dr. Owen Anderson (Arizona State University), a Fellow of the Institute for Classical Education We are divided.  A house divided against itself cannot stand.  These divisions speak to a lack of foundation.  We need a foundation.  We have been provided with one but it has not been sufficiently developed.  I...

In just six weeks, we will be hearing from Dr. Stuart Newfeld, professor and renowned molecular biologist, whose ASU lab provides cutting-edge research on cancer. Dr. Newfeld has contributed to scores of publications in the most prestigious science journals in the world--including Cell, Genetics, and proceedings from the National Academy of Sciences. His collaborative research projects...

Note: The following entry is from Dr. Owen Anderson (Arizona State University), a Fellow of the Institute for Classical Education This is the third part in my series on the Academy.  In my previous post I considered the pre-skeptic.  You are a pre-skeptic when you think you know but you do not know.  There is the appearance...

Note: The following entry is from Dr. Owen Anderson (Arizona State University), a Fellow of the Institute for Classical Education In my first blog post about the Academy I discussed the role of critical thinking in the pursuit of knowledge. This teaches the student to lead the examined life by being able to identify assumptions and...

Note: The following entry is from Dr. Owen Anderson (Arizona State University), a Fellow of the Institute for Classical Education In my first blog post about the Academy I discussed the role of critical thinking in the pursuit of knowledge. This teaches the student to lead the examined life by being able to identify assumptions and...

Today’s video-lecture is from this year’s National Classical Education Symposium. Our conference theme, “The Historian’s Craft,” provided ample room for both historians and other subject matter experts, who could speak to the ways in which history pertains to other disciplines.  From Dr. Owen Anderson’s lecture, we learn that another discipline, philosophy, affects the ways in which we...

Today's guest contributor is Dr. Paul Carrese of Arizona State University. Dr. Carrese provides us some food for thought from some insightful resources--and best wishes for weathering the current quarantine with virtue. You may have heard the adage “necessity is the mother of invention;” quite apt when everyone is adapting to a global disruption. Turns out,...

The following entry is from Dr. Owen Anderson (Arizona State University), a Fellow of the Institute for Classical Education.  I am starting a series on the Academy. We need to assess the state of the Academy and the challenges it faces. This includes questions about its purpose and how it achieves that purpose. It can be...

Today's guest contributor is Dr. Colleen Sheehan of Arizona State University. Dr. Sheehan reminds us that there is much political sense and a great deal of civic sensibility found in the novels of Jane Austen. Sheehan seems comfortable suggesting that Austen has more political insights than the vast majority of today’s pundits--if only they would...