Description:New. New. May have slight shelfwear from storage. The Trivium:...New. New. May have slight shelfwear from storage. The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric By Sister Miriam Joseph (Author), Marguerite McGlinn (Author) Product Details Paperback: 292 pages Publisher: Paul Dry Books; Reissue edition (May 1, 2002) Language: English ISBN-10: 0967967503 ISBN-13: Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches.
Description:New. Contemporary readers of The Trivium will have the...New. Contemporary readers of The Trivium will have the exquisite pleasure of discovering, on every page and in every paragraph, utterly new and exotic ideas that, nonetheless, are parts of a very old tradition of analysis. These readers are much like G. K. Chesterton's explorers who, disoriented in a storm, are cast, unawares, on the shore of their native England and immediately awestruck with the scenes of a supposed new world. If our cultural amnesia is yet deeper than Chesterton's simile suggests, Sister Miriam Joseph (1898-1982), our guide in this new world, is appropriately determined and skillful. Her great achievement was to present the traditional arts of logic, grammar, and rhetoric in an accessible and coherent whole for modern readers. Those who know their Aristotle will recognize Sister Miriam's foundational source as that collection of writings called the Organon. Yet where Aristotle is repetitious and sometimes confusing, Sister Miriam is concise and orderly. Furthermore, the editor, Marguerite McGlinn, has turned the outline Sister Miriam prepared for her college students into straightforward, crystal clear, twenty-first century prose. Those delighted by unusual sounding words with commonplace meanings (enthymeme, copula, zero imposition, and trope) will love this book. Those fascinated by the tools of Aristotelian logic, by the distinction between modal and categorical statements, and by the inventiveness of fallacious arguments will also love this book. And those sensitive to the relation of language and thought will love it even more. The briefest passage, in which Sister Miriam distinguished among the liberal arts, the fine arts, and the utilitarian arts, captured this reader. While the fine and utilitarian arts produce values, beautiful and useful things respectively, only the liberal arts are, by nature, intransitive. For liberal artists, in practicing their art, act primarily upon themselves and in so doing perfect their faculties of mind and spirit. The Trivium invites us to the practice of these arts.
If you have any inclination toward the intellectual--DO NOT PURCHASE THIS BOOK.
If you have any love for order in the universe--DO NOT PURCHASE THIS BOOK.
If you harbor any warm thoughts for your English grammar, Latin, or philosophy teachers of the past--DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK.
W-H-Y? Because you will be consumed.
This little gem is just that--a gem.
In compact prose the author elucidates the trivium--the heart of Classical Christian Education.
An additional warning: BE PREPARED TO CHEW!!
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