[2021 Fall] Thomistic Psychology: The Meaning of Evil

This seminar aims to deepen our questioning concerning the meaning of evil, beginning with the nature of the goods to which various evils are opposed.   This introduction will lead us to the seminar’s main concern, which is with moral evil as a kind of primary rupture in the world of free beings, and the questions that evil poses for moral psychology: If moral goodness represents nothing other than the excellence of the human way of acting, what then does it mean willingly to oppose the norm of that excellence?  In the end, this will lead us to a consideration of how we might move beyond an account of moral evil merely as privation, and the possibility of addressing the shortcomings of the traditional account from a semiotic point of view.  The hope is that the seminar as a whole will be of some real assistance for the examination of our own consciences and the better fulfillment of our vocations as human persons.

In this seminar, lasting 8 weeks (see here for more information on all Lyceum Institute seminars), we will study the true meaning of evil, especially our role in the constitution of moral evil. This will incorporate considerations of the will, the Umwelt, the sign, and more. The instructor for this seminar is Kirk Kanzelberger, PhD, Faculty Fellow 2020. You can read more about Dr. Kanzelberger here and download the syllabus here.

WHEN
October 2–20 November
Saturdays, 10:00-11:00am ET/2:00-3:00pm UTC [3:00-4:00pm UTC after Nov.7]

WHERE
Lyceum Institute digital platform run on Microsoft Teams

Lyceum Institute seminar costs are structured on a principle of financial subsidiarity. There are three payment levels, with discounts for those who are professors and clergy (whose continuing education is not sufficiently prioritized by their institutions) and for students (who are already taxed excessively by the educational system). However, if you are part of the working world and wish to take a seminar but cannot afford the “standard” rate, it is acceptable to sign up at one of these discounted prices. The idea is: pay what you can. Those who can pay more, should, so that those who cannot pay as much, need not. Lyceum Institute members receive a further discount (see here for details).

Enrollment

[2021F] Thomistic Psych: Evil – Standard

Includes full access to the seminar and a free month at the Lyceum Institute. Price is suggested for those with full-time employment.

$135.00

Discount Enrollment

[2021F] Thomistic Psych: Evil – Professor / Clergy

Includes full access to the seminar and a free month at the Lyceum Institute. Discount is suggested for those employed as educators or clergy.

$85.00

[2021F] Thomistic Psych: Evil – Student

Includes full access to the seminar and a free month at the Lyceum Institute. Discount is suggested for students and others with part-time employment.

$60.00

This Week [2/28-3/6]

2/28 Sunday – Inquirere Session (3:00-4:00pm ET).  The first of two sessions this week dedicated to sharpening our questioning after difficult topics of philosophical interest in the Quaestiones Disputatae program.

3/2 Tuesday – Philosophical Open Chat (5:30-7:00pm ET). Join us for conversation, lively debates, and get to know the Lyceum Institute and its members!  Open to the public: use the “Send Us a Message” form here (and write “Happy Hour” in the message box)!

3/3 Wednesday – Inquirere Session (3:00-4:00pm ET).  The second of two sessions this week dedicated to sharpening our questioning after difficult topics of philosophical interest in the Quaestiones Disputatae program.

3/5 Friday – Open Chat (9:30-10:15am ET). Our regular Friday-morning open chat, allowing conversation between those in the West and those in the East–part of the truly international nature of the Lyceum Institute.  A good way to bring the thinking of one week to a close and launch into the next.

3/6 Saturday – Latin Class(10-11am ET).  Continuing our immersion in the Latin Language: reading capitulum sextum in Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata and establishing our habits of thinking in the language.

3/6 Saturday – Seminar Discussion Sessions.  First at 1:15pm ET we will be finishing out our discussion of Metaphysics: Discovery of Ens inquantum Ens with a consideration of the act of existence as really distinct from that which exists by it.  Second, at 3:00pm ET we’ll be considering how to bring the silence, celebration, and joy a mind attains in leisure out into the world in ​​​​​​​Ethics: The Good Life.

Spring Seminars Open!

The two spring Seminars are now open.  Discussion sessions will begin on March 20.

[2021 Spring] Politics: Postmodern Culture and Principles

This seminar will explore contemporary political and cultural issues from a classically realist foundation, proposing a genuinely “postmodern” response to the crisis of our time. When the term “postmodern” is used today, it typically denotes what is in practice a kind of “hypermodernism,” that is, an ideology which simply takes modern thinking to its logical conclusion (e.g., complete subjectivism, moral relativism, skepticism, nihilism, etc.). What “postmodern” should signify is something which looks beyond modernity, and it is in this sense which we use the term ourselves. Our “postmodern” response against the modern crisis retrieves from pre-modern political philosophy what modernity wrongfully left behind while engaging directly with modern culture. More information & registration.

[2021 Spring] Semiotics: The Tractatus de Signis of John Poinsot

There are few works which have received less of the attention they deserve than the Cursus Philosophicus of John Poinsot—more commonly known as John of St. Thomas, for his professed fidelity to the teaching of Thomas Aquinas. Within this cursus—a tome spanning 2348 pages—Poinsot addresses logic both formally and materially, as well as many intricacies of natural philosophy pertaining to physics, life, and psychology. But dispersed through these considerations there exists an implicit treatise, one concerned with an element essential to understanding not only topics logical but also natural; namely, the Tractatus de Signis. More information & registration.

This Week [2/21-2/27]

2/22 Monday – Latin Reading Practice (10:00-10:30am ET).  A quick half hour for anyone interested in improving their ability to read and understand the Latin Language.

2/23 Tuesday – Latin Reading Practice (1:30-2:00pm ET).  A quick half hour for anyone interested in improving their ability to read and understand the Latin Language.

2/23 – Tuesday – Philosophical Conversation Hour (5:30-7:00pm ET). Join us for conversation, lively debates, and get to know the members of the Lyceum!  Open to the public: use the “Send Us a Message” form here (write “Open Chat” in the message box) and we’ll see you on Teams!

2/25 Thursday – Latin Reading Practice (10:00-10:30am ET).  A quick half hour for anyone interested in improving their ability to read and understand the Latin Language.

2/26 Friday – Open Chat (9:30-10:15am ET). Our regular Friday-morning open chat, allowing conversation between those in the West and those in the East–part of the truly international nature of the Lyceum Institute.  A good way to bring the thinking of one week to a close and launch into the next.

2/27 Saturday – Latin Class(10-11am ET).  Continuing to deepen our understanding and familiarity with the Latin language thanks to tough practice and good tutelage.

2/27 Saturday – Seminar Discussion Sessions.  The next-to-last week of the Winter seminars.  Metaphysics: The Discovery of Ens inquantum Ens brings its focus to the centrality of substance as that through which being is manifest in all its derivative, analogically predicated forms.  Ethics: The Good Life continues its inquiry into the concept of leisure as illuminated by Josef Pieper.

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This Week [2/14-2/20]

2/14 Monday – Latin Reading Practice (9:30-10:00am ET).  A quick group sessions to hone our reading, pronunciation, and deepen our familiarity with the Latin language.

2/15 Tuesday – Latin Reading Practice (1:30-2:00pm ET).  A quick group sessions to hone our reading, pronunciation, and deepen our familiarity with the Latin language.

2/15 Tuesday – Philosophical Happy Hour (5:30-7:00pm ET). Join us for drinks, conversation, lively debates, and get to know the Lyceum Institute and its members!  Open to the public: use the “Send Us a Message” form here (write “Happy Hour” in the message box) and we’ll see you on Teams!

2/18 Thursday – Latin Reading Practice (9:30-10:00am ET).  A quick group sessions to hone our reading, pronunciation, and deepen our familiarity with the Latin language.

2/19 Friday – Open Chat (9:30-10:15am ET). Our regular Friday-morning open chat, allowing conversation between those in the West and those in the East–part of the truly international nature of the Lyceum Institute.  A good way to bring the thinking of one week to a close and launch into the next.

2/20 Saturday – Latin Class (10-11am ET).  Moving into the fifth week already: I expect that, after all the reading practice in the week, we’ll be more confident and prepared than ever!

2/20 Saturday – Seminar Discussion Sessions.  Already into the last three weeks of our Winter seminars (which means it’s time to keep your eyes open for the Spring advertisements!).  At 1:15pm ET, the Metaphysics: Discovery of Ens inquantum Ens seminar will be investigating the clarification of substance as the principal object of metaphysics’ inquiry, as against incidental and truth predications of “being”.  Later, at 3:00pm ET, the Ethics: Good Life seminar will begin Josef Pieper’s Leisure: The Basis of Culture and discuss the relationship of thought and labor in the pursuit of happiness.

2/21 Sunday – Open Chat Asia (4:00-5:30am ET/5:00-6:30pm GMT+8). Technically this is next week–but one of our members hosts an open chat for those on the other side of the world. A great opportunity for those living in far-removed parts of the world to meet some members and chat. Open to the public. Use the “Send Us a Message” form here (write “Open Chat Asia” in the message box) and we’ll see you on Teams!

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This Week [2/7-2/13]

Weekly Schedule

2/9 Tuesday – Philosophical Happy Hour (5:30-7:00pm ET). A late announcement, but we had a good time… you should have been there! Good reason to sign up, I suppose.

2/12 Friday – Open Chat (9:30-10:15am ET). Our regular Friday-morning open chat, allowing conversation between those in the West and those in the East–part of the truly international nature of the Lyceum Institute.  A good way to bring the thinking of one week to a close and launch into the next.

2/13 Saturday – Latin Class(10-11am ET).  Week four marches in!  We continue progressing through Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata: Familia Romana and forming our habits.

2/14 Saturday – Seminar Discussion Sessions.  The 2021 Winter Seminars continue apace.  At 1:15-2:15pm ET, Metaphysics: The Discovery of Ens inquantum Ens dives into a consideration of the principles of the science and how they help us to define its boundaries. Following, at 3:00-4:00pm ET, Ethics: The Good Life takes a look at how we form habits of happiness in this life through participation in the common good.

2/15 Sunday – Open Chat Asia (4:00-5:30am ET/5:00-6:30pm GMT+8). Technically this is next week–but one of our members hosts an open chat for those on the other side of the world. A great opportunity for those living in far-removed parts of the world to meet some members and chat. Open to the public. Use the “Send Us a Message” form here (write “Open Chat Asia” in the message box) and we’ll see you on Teams!


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Updates

Partnership with Reality – Reality: a Journal for Philosophical Discourse has officially become a publication of the Lyceum Institute.  This will mean many opportunities for members to publish, including our first such, a bi-monthly essay contest. 

Trivium – Module 3 of our Trivium program will be added this month, opening some fundamental considerations of the grammatical structure of language and its connection to logic.

Latin Reading Practice – In addition to our regular classes, we’re adding some sporadic reading practice sessions throughout the week to increase our confidence and familiarity with the language as a daily habit of the mind.

This Week [1/31-2/6]


February already? How the days fly.

2/2 Tuesday – Philosophical Happy Hour (5:30-7:00pm ET). Grab a drink and have a chat about things that really matter! Always open to suggested topics: any questions you may have, feel free to bring them. Open to the public. Use the “Send Us a Message” form here (write “happy hour” in the message box) and we’ll see you on Teams!

2/5 Friday – Open Chat (9:30-10:15am ET). Our regular Friday-morning open chat, allowing conversation between those in the West and those in the East–part of the truly international nature of the Lyceum Institute. A good way to bring the thinking of one week to a close and launch into the next.

2/6 Saturday – Latin Class (10-11am ET). Week three already! We continue progressing through Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata: Familia Romana and learn to think in Latin. We’ll be having full conversations before long.

2/6 Saturday – Seminar Discussion Sessions. Already reaching the halfway point of our 2021 Winter Seminars–how fast it flies! At 1:15-2:15pm ET, Metaphysics: The Discovery of Ens inquantum Ens will take a deep look at the modes of procession in science, and specifically the “mode of intellect” as pertaining to metaphysics. Afterwards, at 3:00-4:00pm ET, Ethics: The Good Life seeks to understand the role of intellectual vision as it redounds to all the aspects of our lives in constituting our happiness.

2/7 Sunday – Open Chat Asia (4:00-5:30am ET/5:00-6:30pm GMT+8). Technically this is next week–but one of our members hosts an open chat for those on the other side of the world. A great opportunity for those living in far-removed parts of the world to meet some members and chat. Open to the public. Use the “Send Us a Message” form here (write “Open Chat Asia” in the message box) and we’ll see you on Teams!

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This Week [1/24-1/30]


Things are continuing to come together–and there will never be a better time to sign-up than now.

1/26 Tuesday – Philosophical Happy Hour (5:30-7:00pm ET). Grab a drink and have a chat about things that really matter! Always open to suggested topics: any questions you may have, feel free to bring them. Open to the public. Use the “Send Us a Message” form here (write “happy hour” in the message box) and we’ll see you on Teams!

1/27 Wednesday – Latin Class (8:00-9:00pm ET). Magister Sterling Contreras will be continuing with the second installment of our weekly Latin class with two sessions per week (allowing more students the opportunity to attend), guiding students through Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata: Familia Romana and helping us all to attain fluency. Last week–especially the Saturday session–was a rousing success, so here’s hoping we’ll see an improved turnout on Wednesday!

1/29 Friday – Open Chat (9:30-10:15am ET). Our regular Friday-morning open chat, allowing conversation between those in the West and those in the East–part of the truly international nature of the Lyceum Institute. A good way to bring the thinking of one week to a close and launch into the next.

1/30 Saturday – Latin Class (10-11am ET). Our second option for studying Latin! Magister Sterling Contreras continues guiding students through Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata: Familia Romana and helping us all to attain fluency. Last week saw many participants across a range of proficiency manage to start their progress

1/30 Saturday – Seminar Discussion Sessions. Moving into the third week of our 2021 Winter Seminars–how fast it flies! At 1:15-2:15pm ET, Metaphysics: The Discovery of Ens inquantum Ens investigates the means of discovering the principles of metaphysics within the context of a discussion of scientific operations of the intellect in general. Afterwards, at 3:00-4:00pm ET, Ethics: The Good Life undertakes to think through our imperfect bearing toward happiness in this life, and how we might rectify that.

1/31 Sunday – Open Chat Asia (4:00-5:30am ET/5:00-6:30pm GMT+8). Okay, so technically this is next week–but one of our members hosts an open chat for those on the other side of the world. A great opportunity for those living in far-removed parts of the world to meet some members and chat. Open to the public. Use the “Send Us a Message” form here (write “Open Chat Asia” in the message box) and we’ll see you on Teams!

We’re continuing to grow in members and participation–8 new members already signed up in January alone. Rates for membership will be increasing this year–so sign up now!


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This Week [1/17-1/23]


An exciting week at the Lyceum! Lots of things new, lots of progress. A good time to consider signing up.

1/19 Tuesday – Philosophical Happy Hour (5:30-7:00pm ET). Grab a drink and have a chat about the eternal things! Always open to suggested topics: any questions you may have, feel free to bring them. One topic on deck will be the ways in which we can use the digital for our moral good. Open to the public. Use the “Send Us a Message” form here (write “happy hour” in the message box) and we’ll see you on Teams!

1/20 Wednesday – Latin Class (8:00-9:00pm ET). We are ready to kick Latin into gear–Wednesday as the first of two options! Magister Sterling Contreras will be beginning our weekly Latin class with two sessions per week (allowing more students the opportunity to attend), guiding students through Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata: Familia Romana and helping us all to attain fluency.

1/22 Friday – Open Chat (9:30-10:15am ET). Our regular Friday-morning open chat, allowing conversation between those in the West and those in the East–part of the truly international nature of the Lyceum Institute. A good way to transition into the weekend.

1/23 Saturday – Latin Class (10-11am ET). Our second option for studying Latin! Magister Sterling Contreras will be beginning our weekly Latin class with two sessions per week (allowing more students the opportunity to attend), guiding students through Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata: Familia Romana and helping us all to attain fluency.

1/23 Saturday – Seminar Discussion Sessions. After a very well-attended first week, our 2021 Winter Seminars look to continue into our second week. At 1:15-2:15pm ET, Metaphysics: The Discovery of Ens inquantum Ens, will undertake an inquiry into the nature of metaphysics as a science of wisdom and think of the meaning of “principles” thereby entailed. Afterwards, at 3:00-4:00pm ET, Ethics: The Good Life, guided by Seneca’s On the Tranquility of Mind, we will be thinking about how to navigate the meaning-evacuated public world and continue to strive for the good–to grow in moral and intellectual fortitude through love.

We’re continuing to grow in members and participation. Rates for membership will be increasing this year–so sign up now!


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This Week [1/10-1/16]


1/12 Tuesday – Philosophical Happy Hour (5:30-7:00pm ET). Grab a drink and have a chat about the eternal things! Always open to suggested topics: any questions you may have, feel free to bring them. Open to the public this week. Use the “Send Us a Message” form here (write “happy hour” in the message box) and we’ll see you on Teams!

1/15 Friday – Open Chat (9:30-10:15am ET). Our regular Friday-morning open chat, allowing conversation between those in the West and those in the East–part of the truly international nature of the Lyceum Institute. A good way to transition into the weekend.

1/16 Saturday – Seminar Discussion Sessions. The opening discussion sessions for our 2021 Winter Seminars. First, at 1:15-2:15pm ET is Metaphysics: The Discovery of Ens inquantum Ens, where we will begin by probing the meaning of the word “being” as used in the history of philosophy. Second, at 3:00-4:00pm ET, we will have Ethics: The Good Life, where we will talk about the underlying nihilism and the “therapy culture” which undermines our search for meaning. Registration for these seminars is still open. Visit the links above for more information. The Ethics seminar is offered for as little as $20 per person, for the entire 8 weeks.

We’re continuing to grow in members–but enrollment rates won’t stay this low forever, so consider taking a tour or signing up today!


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Hope in a Nihilist World

Often, we speak of despair as something not that we do but something which seizes us, as a force outside of ourselves.  We conceive of despair as a blackness, a void, an emptiness into which we fall, into which we are dragged.  The more we find ourselves to experience something missing in our lives, no matter what we do or in what we place our hopes, the more we incline to despair.  And thus, despite the love of the true and the good rooted in our deepest natural yearnings, we submerge ourselves in a black meaninglessness.

So how are we, today, to find hope–that of which despair is a rejection and a loss?

This is the first lecture in the Ethics: Good Life seminar, posted in full:

Ethics: The Good Life – Against the Nihilist Noise

If you would like to attend the rest of the seminar — discussion sessions begin on 1/16 — you can sign up here. This seminar is being offered for as little as $20 for the full eight weeks, so it’s quite a steal.