Since the publication of the first edition of The Liberal Arts Tradition in 2014, this book has been read and circulated by thoughtful educators around the world who are interested in what great education once was and can be again. The book has been assigned in college classes, read by school faculties, and studied in homeschooling communities. It has been widely reviewed and recommended by many scholars, bloggers, and experts. Now the authors have thoroughly revised the text, expanding and deepening their presentation of the core elements of the liberal arts tradition, which include piety, music, gymnastic, liberal arts, philosophy, and theology. Particularly noteworthy in the revised edition of this important work is the new section on the cultivation and formation of virtue.
“The foundational distinction between traditional education and modern education is that the ancients believed that education was fundamentally about shaping loves.”
The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education introduces readers to a paradigm for understanding a classical education that transcends the familiar 3-stage pattern of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Instead, this book describes the liberal arts as a central part of a larger and more robust paradigm of classical education that should consist of piety, gymnastic, music, liberal arts, philosophy, and theology. The Liberal Arts Tradition also recovers the means by which classical educators developed more than just intellectual virtue (by means of the 7 liberal arts) but holistically cultivated the mind, body, will, and affections. This is a must-read for educators who want to take a second big step toward recovering the tradition of classical education.
What’s in the Revised Edition?:
Now in hardcover, the revised edition of The Liberal Arts Tradition has been expanded and updated throughout to reflect the most recent understandings and philosophies of classical education. It also includes 40 percent new content, featuring:
- Expanded Trivium pieces
- Expanded “Moral Philosophy” piece, with more nuanced discussions of virtue and the role of the Church
- Completely new “Calling, Culture, and Curriculum” section addressing (1) biblical foundations for classical Christian education, (2) the relationship of classical Christian education to the Church and other cultures, and (3) the relationship between the liberal, common, and fine arts
- Revised “Natural Philosophy” piece
- Updated paradigm of the liberal arts tradition
- New appendices, including one on reading and one entitled “A New Natural Philosophy”
Author Bio: Dr. Kevin Clark
Dr. Kevin Clark is the president of The Ecclesial Schools Initiative (ESI, esischools.org), an organization he founded in 2019 to help underserved families in Florida receive better access to Christian liberal arts education. Before founding ESI, Kevin served as academic dean of the Geneva School of Orlando, Florida, where he also taught for 15 years. Kevin is an Alcuin fellow with The Society for Classical
Learning and a member of the teaching faculty in the Master of Arts in Classical Teaching program at The Templeton Honors College.
He received his BA in philosophy from the University of Central Florida, his MA in theological studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, and his PhD from Georgetown University.
Author Bio: Ravi Scott Jain
Ravi Scott Jain graduated from Davidson College with a BA and interests in physics, ancient Greek, and international political economy. He worked at various churches, received an MA from Reformed Theological Seminary, and later earned a graduate certificate in mathematics from the University of Central Florida. He began teaching calculus and physics at the Geneva School in 2003. In these classes he has sought to recapitulate the narrative of discovery, even using primary sources, while balancing the demands of AP and college-level material. Ravi has given more than 100 talks and workshops throughout the country and overseas on topics related to education, mathematics, and science.