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. 089 - On Moral Conundrums
When is it permissible to kill? How should a priest respond when he hears a life changing confession? How should we respond when we disagree with authority?
This week on the Magnus Podcast, John and Larissa talk moral theology with high school teacher, Rocky Brittain and attempt to answer these (and more) difficult moral questions according to Catholic Theology and Thomas Aquinas.
Ep. 088 - On How to Communicate Rhetorically
In this fast paced world full of echo chambers and outrage machines, we are fooled into a misguided view of justice and rhetoric. Dr. Joshua Phillips joins us to talk about how we can properly understand the connection between justice and humility and the distinction between thinking wonderfully and thinking critically.
Ep. 087 - On The Idea of a University
AMI exists because we, like so many, see a problem with the current university system. What is the modern university providing to its students in comparison to what it ought to be providing?
We just completed an 8 week summer course on John Henry Newman’s, ”The Idea of a University,” to grapple with these questions and come to understand what a university ought to look like.
As promised, here is a sneak peek into the first of 8 classes from this course.
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Ep. 086 - On Plato’s Republic
This week, we wrapped up an 8 week summer course on Plato’s Republic with Sr. Fellow, Dr. Pavlos Papadopoulos. We now present you with the first lecture from this excellent course.
Ep. 085 - On Music & Ratio
Musician and composer, Dr. Greg Wilbur of New College Franklin contemplates music within the quadrivium; he explains why music ought to be ordered rightly in education and how it harmonizes with the rest of the Liberal Arts. He even discusses a little bit of conspiracy theories.
Ep. 084 - Opening the Eyes to See
Brian Fink has returned to the Magnus Podcast to discuss what it means to see reality as it is: to see oneself in order to better understand the enemy, to see the hope in the midst of losing, to see the truth in a poisoned culture, and, ultimately, how to actualize a vision for oneself that is more clear than the illusions of the world
An excellent way to participate in the good life
The Magnus Podcast brings on interesting and excellent guests, the hosts ask insightful questions, and the topics they discuss allow for listeners to really delve deep into the classics, philosophy, and the liberal arts. Please listen!
Tantalizing Glimpse of the Pearl of Wisdom
These podcasts are a very good introduction into the classes that most of them are drawn from. We spend so much time on tributaries when real food is readily available. The topics covered here are eternal and truly meaningful. I am very grateful to the institute for making these materials available to all.
Worth the listen
Enriching conversations, important topics. This podcast brings together the gravitas of the intellectual life with leisure and enjoyment - as of a dinner with friends. With a million voices and ideas out there, these are some truly worth your time and attention.