Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Fish and Horace on Classical Education

In today's times, Stanley Fish, former Milton scholar and current New York Times blogger, offers "A Classical Education, Back to the Future," in which he discusses three books that appear to share the common aim of persuading the nation of the need to return to a classical model of education.

As we begin to read Horace's Epistle to the Pisos, it might be worth looking at how the Roman poet speaks to us of the uses and abuses of art, of poetry, of making in a very broad sense (poiesis), and then ask whether, after spending some time with him, we think Horace would applaud the classical model that Fish presents.

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