Participation in every dimension of the Lyceum Institute is voluntary and conducted at the pace of the individual. This includes the everyday conversations conducted through open chats, common-channel threads, discussion of resources, and listening to lectures. That said, certain additional practices do form a “core” of the program, all of which are available to members at every level of enrollment, and which lay the foundations for the philosophical habits we strive to instill.
We do not, today, know well how to ask a question. Of course, in the superficial sense, we are all well-practiced at asking questions: what is that? What do you mean? Why are you shouting? Where do I go? But these are questions of practical efficacy–not questions about meaning. Most of all, they are not questions which drive at the underlying intelligible causes which truly provide an answer.
Believing that digital technology retrieves the inquisitive spirit of medieval scholasticism, Lyceum Institute members are encouraged to participate in the quaestiones disputatae program… [Read more]
The beginning of the liberal arts is grounded in a study of language and reason, which consists in three subjects, or a trivium. These three subjects—grammar, logic, and rhetoric—are the cornerstone of any education, for they teach us the fundamentals of how we use language, through which all teaching is communicated. While some persons, that is, might possess a mathematical aptitude from a very young age, such that elaborate linguistic explanation is found unnecessary for their success in dealing with numbers, that their numerical gifts be rendered fully incorporated into the good of human life nevertheless requires their possession of a well-developed facility with language. Human beings may excel in a variety of pursuits which entail no direct or immediate incorporation of language in those pursuits’ practice, but for those pursuits to become fully human themselves, they must themselves be incorporated by language… [Read more]
People expect to join the Lyceum to enrich their knowledge of philosophy, and while this is true and is indeed a highly likely result, there is something more subtly learned as well: orienting oneself towards having meaningful exchanges with people over the internet…. I have spent hours upon hours scrolling through my Twitter feed, where oftentimes my biggest reward for doing so is being able to flash a grin at a post that is funny in the moment… [the internet] is rarely thought of as a place to help yourself understand the world around them.
This is why the Lyceum is crucial in a time where people have too much access to “digital noise” […]: it is a community for every one of us to strive to better our philosophical habits, to make our own ideas clearer, and/or to strengthen them.Charles L.
In addition to the study of the English language in the three dimensions of the Trivium, the Lyceum Institute also aims to offer education in other languages important for a robust education: specifically, Latin, ancient Greek, German, and French. At present, we only offer a program in Latin, but intend to expand in the coming few years.
The reasons for such linguistic study are threefold: first, the number of important texts which one can read expands dramatically by the addition of any of these languages. Second, the quality of one’s understanding, even of a text available in translation, is markedly improved by an ability to read a work in the author’s original language. Third, one’s mental dexterity is refined by thinking through linguistic signification in varied syntactic and semantic forms.
The Lyceum Institute’s Introduction to the Latin Language enables students to have reading fluency for simple Latin texts, such as Caesar’s Commentarii de bello gallico and the Latin Vulgate Bible without need of external aids. This further enables the reading of Medieval Latin, including the works of Thomas Aquinas.
All Lyceum Institute members are, further, invited to participate in the colloquium series. These colloquia, comprising a pre-recorded lecture and a live question and answer session, invite respected academics and intellectuals to challenge our thinking through their own hard-earned expertise, reflections, and insights.
This series aims, year-by-year, to build the offerings of the Lyceum Institute and to expose its members to thinking they might not encounter otherwise, as well as to provide yet… [Read more].
In addition to our philosophical focus through seminars, colloquia, and the study of language–both the Trivium and our other language studies–we occasionally share with one another works of art for discussion. These comprise literary works, paintings, sketches, photography, sculpture, music, and anything appreciated for the signs of meaning suffused intrinsically through the… [Read more].