Welcome to Magnus Podcast - a production of the Albertus Magnus Institute, Inc. Imagine an academy deeply rooted and committed to the classical liberal arts, stocked to the brim with well-known, world-class faculty, and universally accessible. Now imagine it being completely affordable, even free. This was the vision of St. Albert the Great, father of classical education: an education that is at once freeing and free. A true and human liberation has always been the promise of an education in the liberal arts. Indeed, for the better part of the last 3,000 years, it was no mystery where one could learn how to cast off the shackles of the world and what to study to achieve that liberated state. In no uncertain terms, the classical liberal arts undoubtedly served as the intellectual foundation of Western Civilization. However, we are no longer a society of free men. The tradition of the liberal arts was left behind in favor of a more “practical” alternative. Many were promised a “liberating” education, and ironically received a soft enslavement. Graduates today are unemployable and inextricably saddled with debt, for an education they were told was “necessary for employment.” Worse still, society has abandoned the time-honored methods for discovering truth; “civil” discourse has been discarded and “arguments” only seek to divide, leaving our true sense of wonder unsatisfied. We propose a paradigm shift in education – or more appropriately, a resurrection of the universal and timeless tradition of the classical liberal arts. We want to provide an affordable academic forum for students to engage in guided conversations in a shared pursuit of truth itself. The truth, which alone is liberating, and must once again be liberated - drawing all men to itself: OMNES AD VERITATEM.
Ep. 034 - BONUS - THREE BEERS - Biotechnological Revolutions
A preview of the upcoming Magnus Fellowship course Bioethics and Aquinas.
Ep. 033 - The Thirty-Third Canto with Anthony Esolen.
This is the final lecture from Senior Fellow Anthony Esolen’s course for the Magnus Fellowship: Into the World Beyond with Dante.
Ep. 032 - Welcome to Paradise with Anthony Esolen.
This is an excerpt from Dr. Esolen’s course in the Magnus Fellowship, “Into the World Beyond with Dante.”
Ep. 031 - BONUS - THREE BEERS - René Girard's Theater of Envy
Follow us through the weeds into the heart of the Christian Mysteries as we dive into the mimetic theory of René Girard.
Ep.030 - Into the World Beyond with Anthony Esolen.
Grab your copy of the Divine Comedy and listen into a full class in the Magnus Fellowship taught by Dr. Anthony Esolen.
Ep. 029 - Dante’s St. Thomas, S.A. Cortright.
What does St. Thomas Aquinas have to do with Dante? Join us for AMI President Steven Cortright’s first class in the Magnus Fellowship.
A fine intro or review of Catholic Liberal Arts Education
I have listened to 10 or so of these and am so thankful for what the Magnus Institute is doing. I am brought back to the joys of being exposed to the Catholic intellectual tradition as an undergrad, and these make me wish I could do it all over again. Please keep up the good work!
There are two types of people in this world: review writers and review readers. Up until this point, I have maintained a strict status of the latter. This podcast has changed everything.
During this transitional COVID epoch, I thought what better way to spend this quarantena than to break from the bonds of the muddleheaded media and find something intellectually stimulating to cultivate my mind. The search is over; the fact that these offerings are free only adds to the piquancy of this intellectual goldmine of a podcast. Eloquent, timeless, and refreshingly captivating.
Listening to these episodes have been the shrewd life move of my adulthood. I cannot wait to start the fellowship.
Do yourself a favor and listen to this magnificent podcast.
Superb. The intellectual capacity provided through the ease of a podcast is astounding. The ability to have the probability of growth of mind body and spirit is something I love. Stellar podcast.