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Developing the Habits to Learn: Logos, Thumos, and Eros

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts. The right defense against false sentiment is to inculcate just sentiments. By starving the sensibility of pupils we only make them easier prey to the propagandist when he comes.” – C. S. Lewis

Learning is a developed habit. Often, the university is viewed as a place that imparts an education aimed at the mind alone, or logos, reason. Developing a student’s ability to think clearly is the stated goal. But a person who thinks rightly (logos), and does not have a right spirit within them (thumos), or develop a virtuous appetite (eros), is not a whole person. A learned person, a whole person, is thus one who has learned to use reason, desire what is good, which can only be moderated by a right spirit. This is a tall order, especially if university education is conceived as only occurring in the classroom. Continue reading Developing the Habits to Learn: Logos, Thumos, and Eros

A Professor in Babylon

I have occasionally called the residence halls at Concordia University Irvine, Babylon beyond the CU Center (the CU Center is the chapel on campus). I don’t say this because our residence halls are full of moral degradation and licentious behavior. Though we encounter our share of behavioral, moral, and psychological challenges, this is not the point. The point is that working and living in the residence halls has often felt like I am in exile from my brothers and sisters on the academic side of the house, even though I teach with them there as well. Thus, my world is Babylon beyond the CU Center. Continue reading A Professor in Babylon