“… I do love wisdom alone and for its own sake, and it is on account of wisdom that I want to have or fear to be without other things, such as life, tranquility, and my friends. What limit can there be to my love of that Beauty, in which I do not only not begrudge it to others, but I even look for many who will long for it with me, sigh for it with me, possess it with me, enjoy it with me; they will be all the dearer to me the more we share that love in common.” — St. Augustine, Soliloquies, I. 13, 22.
- To awaken wonder in our students and to foster in them a love of and fledgling steps toward WISDOM.
- Through study and discussion of great books of Western civilization, to assist students to grow in an awareness of three foundational perspectives therein (Classical, Christian, Modern).
- Through consideration of disputes among some of the greatest minds, to occasion in students reflection upon questions and issues of pressing importance as well as advancement towards a broad overview and an incipient grasp of those matters that are of greatest import to human beings.
- To occasion progress in correct interpretation of great texts through attentive reading, assiduous study, probing discussions and, when warranted, reasoned dissent from the teachings of particular authors.
- To assist students to grow in awareness of prominent issues in what thoughtful persons have referred to as a “crises in the West.”
- Through the experience of careful reading, regular study, frequent conversations, and engaged writing, to enable students to grow in depth, clarity, subtlety of reflection and articulate expression.
- To promote in our students the proper balance of disciplined study and play along with habits of life conducive to bodily health, social grace, and a refined use of leisure.
- Through cultivation of intellect, community living, the joys of friendship, to provide to all an atmosphere conducive to the continuing growth of piety and principled living.