The Classical Humanist
USing the humanities to promote individual excellence
The Value of the humanities
Classical Humanism (n.): an outlook, centered in the liberal arts, focused on studying the great classics/masterworks (including in the visual arts) and primary sources while developing the core skills of grammar, logic, and rhetoric.
“We call those studies liberal, then, which are worthy of a free man; they are those through which virtue and wisdom are either practiced or sought, and by which our minds are disposed towards the best things.” -Pier Paolo Vergerio (1370-c.1445)
“The intellect is prompted by nature to comprehend the whole breadth of being. … Under the concept of truth it knows all, and under the concept of the good it desires all.” -Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499)
“The utilitarian or servile arts enable one to be a servant – of another person, of the state, of a corporation, or of a business – and to earn a living. The liberal arts, in contrast, teach one how to live; they train the faculties and bring them to perfection; they enable a person to rise above his material environment to live an intellectual, a rational, and therefore a free life in gaining truth.”
-Miriam Joseph (1898-1982)
“You must acquire the best knowledge first, and without delay; it is the height of madness to learn what you will later have to unlearn.” -Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)
“The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.” -Mortimer Adler (1902-2001)
Hi, I’m Kevin Shau, a humanist, writer, photographer, mentor, and website designer. This site is dedicated to the value and practical application of the Liberal Arts. Mastering grammar, logic, and rhetoric will make you a powerful and articulate leader. The power of a Liberal Arts Education, coupled with practical business and life skills, will make you unstoppable. Feel free to browse the posts in the blog section of this website, then go read a classic.
Influences: Cicero, Seneca the Younger, Marcus Aurelius, Dante Alighieri, Francesco Petrarch, Leonardo Bruni, Lorenzo Valla, Poggio Bracciolini, Marsilio Ficino, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Leonardo da Vinci, Desiderius Erasmus, Francis Bacon, Adam Smith, Edward Gibbon, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Alexander von Humboldt, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Franz Boas, Calvin Coolidge, Carl Jung, Erich Neumann, Mircea Eliade, Thomas Sowell, David Starkey, Camille Paglia, James Howard Kunstler, Christina Hoff Sommers, Jordan Peterson, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Andrew Graham-Dixon, Dave Rubin, Claire Lehmann, the Intellectual Dark Web
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