What is Wrong with Curiosity? Augustine on Curiosity and the Use and the Abuse of the Intellect in the Confessions

Feb 8 6–8pm
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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E. John EllisonUniversity of Chicago


Open to Students. Undergraduates are particularly encouraged to attend. No prior reading required.

Part III of the Great Books and the Christian Tradition seminar series.


Great Books and the Christian Tradition

From the School of Alexandria and the reading of Scripture in the Monasteries, through the re-formulation of the Liberal Arts in the medieval schools and universities, in the renewal of the tradition that included Petrarch, Erasmus, John Henry Newman, and Ressourcement, the development of the Liberal Arts Tradition has been intertwined with Christian thought. This series highlights the connection between the Liberal Arts and the Christian Intellectual Tradition and aims to recover the humanistic and contemplative spirit of a truly liberal education.

Upcoming seminars in the series include:

IV: Does Reason Disprove Miracles? Is it Rational to Believe in Miracles? Hume's Enquiry on Human Understanding on Belief in Miracles

E. John Ellison is a PhD candidate in the Committee on Social Thought, at the University of Chicago. He obrtained his bachelors degree in Government from Harvard, and his doctoral research spans Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, political philosophy, Platonism and Christianity, history of natural law, and liberalism. His dissertation is on "Law and Human Nature in Plato"