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  • SubGenre:Philosophy, Theory & Social Aspects
  • Language:English
  • Pages:58
  • eBook ISBN:9781543967838
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543967821

On the Nature of the Classical Liberal Arts

by Christopher Ruckdeschel View author's profile page

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This work presents an overview of the essential nature of the classical liberal arts, rooted in the natural world and the nature of the human person.  This examination provides a foundation for the enduring relevance of this study and its importance for souls seeking to gain wisdom.

Considering that the nature of the human being does not change, and that God made the world of created things as a constant means to lead to Himself, it is no surprise that the liberal arts contain a core, unchanging content. To understand the principles that direct their own cognitive faculties, humans must study the rules of language, thought, and persuasion (Trivium). To understand the root characteristics of the material world, humans must study the principles God uses in ordering creation, knowledge about creation that flows from these principles, and man's place in creation (Quadrivium). The classical liberal arts are the necessary intellectual prerequisite habits for humanity living in a material world to understand the nature of that world, the human soul, and God.
About the author
Mr. Christopher Ruckdeschel is a Catholic husband and father of five children. He teaches in the New York State public school system as well as at the community college level. Mr. Ruckdeschel has bachelor of arts degrees in Secondary Education English and Psychology from SUNY: New Paltz. He also holds a Master's degree in Education from Mt. St. Mary's College. He is the founder of Septem Artes Liberales, an online classroom offering instruction in the seven classical liberal arts.

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