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Education and Digital Life: Founding Declaration of the Lyceum Institute & Related Essays [PDF]


Includes the founding declaration of the Lyceum Institute, expositing the philosophy behind our approach to education in the digital age, and six related essays which detail the vision and purpose that the Lyceum Institute intends to fulfill.


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The Lyceum Institute seeks to aid its members pursuit of better habits, especially of careful thinking, and not just the preservation of truth, but its strengthening. This is not a program, a course, a certification process, nor simply a place to find content for passive consumption, but rather something to become a part of one’s life: a digital medium that directs one towards the development of perfective human habits, rather than deviant ones; habits of humility, generosity, insightful interpretation, willingness to hear, ardor for the truth and deepening one’s understanding, security in forming one’s beliefs, contentment, and worldly detachment.

Digital life allows for unique educational opportunity. For one needs to do more than merely read books or blogs or articles to become educated: education always being a matter of a certain training, which entails not only reading or passive consumption of information, but the interpretative processing of that which is received and—perhaps most importantly of all—a critical conversation with others through which that interpretation may be refined and improved. No mind lives and thrives all on its own, and while reading the works of great writers is an encounter with their minds, it is one-directional only. Something more is needed—other persons, who bring not only their own minds, but all the minds they have read, all the minds they have encountered, in some way to your own.

  • Education and Digital Life: Founding Declaration
  • Our Philosophy of Teaching and Learning: From Antiquity to the 21st Century – Daniel Wagner, PhD
  • Education, Culture, and the Common Good: Purpose and Relation – Francisco Plaza, PhD
  • Signs of Meaning: The Need for Semiotics – Brian Kemple, PhD
  • Method and Measure: A Reflection Inspired by ‘Education and Digital Life’ – Kirk Kanzelberger, PhD
  • The Tradition of Questioning: At the Digital Crossroads – Brian Kemple, PhD
  • Happy Exile: A Dispatch from Outside the Walls of the Academy – Mark McCullough, PhD


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