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Two great teachers on friendship, St. Augustine and C.S. Lewis, gave themselves without reservations to their friends. Why then did Lewis shoot down Augustine’s view of friendship in “The Four Loves?” 

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Augustine’s Aspirational Imperfectionism: What Should We Hope for from Politics?

Is the glass half empty or half full? Does your answer reveal something about your disposition and outlook? Interpreting responses to this question may not be so simple. My father explained to me at an early age that answering “half empty” reflects true optimism because it assumes the normal status of the glass is full. The “half-full” folks, he told me, begin from the bleak starting point of an empty glass. 

Learning for Civility, Virtue, and Wisdom

Can a philosophy class help students become better people? Can a Christian liberal arts education contribute to the formation of good citizens? I address these questions in my teaching and writing, and I hope people who meet my students and read my book will agree with me in answering “yes” to both. Two current developments in our society highlight the importance of these pedagogical goals: a decline in civility and a deficiency of intellectual virtue.