In his ongoing investigation and defense of the Great Tradition of liberal arts education, Marion Montgomery is not content merely to join battle with contemporary ideological opponents, an exercise that often ends in endless restatements of the same arguments. He wishes to get to the roots of the modern academy's cynicism and lost of trust in objective reality, and does so by revisiting crucial junctures in the history of Western educational philosophy. A fatal turn was chosen in the Renaissance exaltation of man's intellect over external truths, and ultimately the coherence of these truths in a transcendent source. Montgomery's aristocratic intellect is clothed in accessible prose that always honors his forbears and mentors, and reestablishes our confidence in the possibilities of teaching and learning.
An Eighth Day View:
Transcending the standard critique of the politically correct university, Marion Montgomery reveals the ancient sources of our educational chaos. There can be no reform, he insists, without a new openness to the "truth of things, " which marks the character and work of the good teacher.