The New Philistine; Objective Polemicist

By Dan Snyder “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the … Continue reading The New Philistine; Objective Polemicist

Essence Matters

By Dan Snyder A dusty concept now set aside by productive people, the notion of essence and the possibility of the essential appears extra to the tasks of living and enjoying, or the pursuit of happiness. Truly, this old concept may stand in the way of immediate gratification. An idea that the early Greeks who concerned themselves with the ‘ontos’ or the world of beings … Continue reading Essence Matters

American the Exceptional, Part 2: Teaching History

By Dan Snyder On recent a trip to Washington, D.C., what struck me was not a reflection of the commonality of our republican center of government, but the authority of wealth.   While cities throughout the land mostly feature the same tropes, the shuttered and abandoned ex-WalMart malls, the purposeless main-streets and pitiable ‘historic districts’, hopeful but ignored ‘convention centers’ and vacant lots called industrial parks, … Continue reading American the Exceptional, Part 2: Teaching History

Hateful Achilles

By Dan Snyder, Classical School of Wichita Hateful Achilles When we talk about prospects of life for a student who has chosen the humanities as a course of study, we always fight the headwind of pragmatism that pushes toward the question “but what will they do?” Most young people are concerned with joining the adult world, whatever that may be, and they covet the signs … Continue reading Hateful Achilles

Material Logic: Grammar in the Generic Sense

By Dan Snyder Can you help me with my grammar? I’ve been asked this question by concerned students who notice themselves lacking in the ability to properly connect their thoughts in thesis class. Thesis, a class that is mostly about connecting thoughts and then connecting with an audience, is a pinnacle study for seniors at the Classical School of Wichita. The idea that someone would … Continue reading Material Logic: Grammar in the Generic Sense