A new Blog

Dear Gentles,

I have a new blog. A good bit, but hardly all, will be common ground with EP. A lot will be on the intersection of economics, culture, and paideia with Orthodox thought.

You can see it all here: Lux Christi

I pray all of you are having a blessed Lent.

Cyril

5 Responses to A new Blog

  1. Cyril says:

    Anam, thank you.

  2. Cyril says:

    Matt, I am afraid that I know preciously little on math. As part of the quadrivium it slowly devolved, if I can use that word, into the servile as opposed to the liberal arts. Originally math, geometry, astronomy, and music were all part of the liberal arts as the quadrivium, those four subjects mastered after the trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric). Their place among the liberal arts had to do not with the specialties of their science, but with the thought that these were the higher functions one would take up for the ordering of the soul. If you read Boethius’s De musica, he talks about those knowing music the best needed no to hear no audible notes to appreciate music, i.e., their souls are so ordered to the harmony of the cosmos that they need not music to be musical. I will post on Boethius at some point, but probably not till the summer. You can also see a lot of this Boethian mindset in the Pythagorean’s number theory, and their abhorrence of such things as irrational numbers (they termed them alogoi). Once, when it was learned that one of their teachers had told less-than initiated students about the alogoi, they murdered him for letting people into the knowledge that the universe’s rationality had not yet been fully divined. You could do some trolling about in teh works of Nicholas Cusanus (N. of Cusa, d. 1464) who did a lot of work on math from a Christian Platonist perspective. Also, a friend once recommended to me Michael Heller and W.Hugh Woodin, eds., Infinity: New Research Frontiers, as having several essays of a more theological and philosophical nature.

  3. Anam Cara says:

    added to my bloglist

  4. Thanks for the link!

    Do you know of anything related to the paedia that may be applicable specifically to mathematics education? I know that’s a bit off center, but a right paedia would speak to all aspects of education, including mathematics.

    (I have professional reasons for wondering, as I am working on my doctorate in Mathematics Education.)

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