Category: Intellectual Virtues

Basics, Education, Intellectual Virtues, Pedagogy

How to pass any exam

I’ve told my students this exact advice so many times: Here are some posts I’ve written about serious study strategies: Lecture to the wall Thomas Aquinas on Memory Study Space The Bible’s Study Pattern  

Intellectual Virtues

On Pedagogy: Transmission and Revision

I’ve written a few posts that overlap with themes concerning education. But I think that, over all, good education has this main goal: it supports human happiness. Of course, everything humans do is “for happiness,” just like every arrow is aimed at a target. But like arrows, decisions and processes can miss their mark. Education …

Intellectual Virtues

I can help you get smarter. Will you try it?

Many people feel insecure about how smart they are. This can even be the cause of anxiety when reading a difficult book or taking a test in school. This anxiety holds a lot of people back from the happiness they want. I know many religious people who don’t study their holy books or bright young …

Intellectual Virtues, Prudence

You’re clever. How’s that working out for you?

Cleverness, sarcasm, and smug retorts are the order of the day. But what if you want more out of life? The title is a quote from Fight Club, but it’s an important question. How is it working out for you?

Intellectual Virtues, Prudence, Temperance

Destroying Self-Doubt

When you narrate your life, how do you write yourself? Personally, I have a long history of narrating myself as a loser, failure, or unfortunate person. If this is your struggle I found a helpful tool for you.

Intellectual Virtues, Prudence

Ancient Assistance for Memory in the Modern Mind

Many feel as though they could become wise if they only could remember things more exactly. But how? The ancients wondered the same thing.

Intellectual Virtues, Prudence

Fools lack wisdom, but how do you get wisdom?

One of the fundamental questions we should ask ourselves is this, “How can I get wisdom?” Wisdom can lead to riches, happiness, success, friendships, a good name, and so-on. Who wouldn’t want the riches of wisdom in their life? Few know this, but in more ancient times, the elements of wisdom were essentially agreed upon. …

Intellectual Virtues, Temperance

Martial arts for your mind: thought kata

One of the great analogies for growing in virtue is that of a battle against the passions and appetites. The particular virtues which are like a battle in the moment are temperance and fortitude.