Sunday, February 28, 2010

Alasdair MacIntyre on John Henry Cardinal Newman and the Idea of a University

Alasdair Macintyre - Newman's idea of a university from Robert Verrill OP on Vimeo.


(Warning: the sound on this is not very good)

3 comments:

Bill said...

Francis,

I can't access this video right now, but I have read MacIntyre's new book on Universities. I have a question. If you were a Catholic parent in a typical situation (i.e. without inside contacts) and were trying to pick the best liberal arts college for your children, which would you choose?

Best,
Derek

Francis J. Beckwith said...

Dear Bill:

Because I am a professor at a non-Catholic university, I'd rather not answer that question in a public venue such as this blog.

However, a good resource is the Cardinal Newman Society, whose website you can find here: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/

I will, however, say a thing or two about my employer, Baylor University.

Although Baylor is not a Catholic university, it is a very good one that takes seriously its Christian faith. There are 99 Catholic faculty (out of 903): http://www.baylor.edu/lariat/news.php?action=story&story=67676. We also a vibrant Catholic center adjacent to the campus: http://www.baylor-catholic.org/stpeter/Welcome.html

Baylor has an outstanding honors college that has a great text curriculum similar to what one would encounter at the best Catholic liberal arts colleges.

I really think Baylor is terrific, and would encourage you to consider it for your children.

Bill said...

Thanks Francis,

Would it be possible for you to contact me at billcobbett@gmail.com? I have read Newman, and I have also read MacIntyre's new book on the university. I will try not to take up much of your time. ;)

Thanks,
Bill