#41: A Canon for Humanity: Finding Unity in Diversity

Welcome to Season 4 of The Classical Homeschool Podcast. At the Classical Homeschool Podcast, our heart is to take on the work of wrestling through the, sometimes difficult and philosophical, ideas presented throughout the classical education movement and bring them down to earth, specifically and practically for the classical homeschooling mom. This season we are focusing our efforts on understanding the moral imagination in relationship to classical education with our spine text of Tending the Heart of Virtue by Vigen Guroian and, of course, Norms and Nobility by David Hicks.

Taking a side street off of the topic of moral imagination, we are discussing Ashley’s thesis concerning the idea of a canon of humanity. In the current Classical homeschooling climate, the focus has been on the advancement of Western Culture. However, Classical Education is not tied to an earthly structure but is based on more lofty ideals. Join us while we explore the topic!

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV

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10 thoughts on “#41: A Canon for Humanity: Finding Unity in Diversity”

  1. Ashely can you please name the books you did your paper on. Thank you 😊

    1. 1. Gilgamesh ( I highly suggest Andrew George’s translation. He has some Youtube lectures that are fabulous!)

      2. Bhagavad Gita

      3. The Arabian Nights (This is an amazing use of feminine genius and taking control of how men treat women by changing the moral imagination. I suggest Haddaway’s translation. Any edition with Aladdin or Sinbad is not an accurate translation as they were added by French authors.)

      4. The Pillow Book by sei shonagon translated by Ivan Morris

      5. The Shijing (Book of Songs) translated by Arthur Waley

  2. Excellent Podcast! Thank you so much for expanding beyond ‘our’ little world to embrace learning, goodness, truth, and beauty as universal human truths. Each of the worlds wisdom traditions, at their core, address these universal truths. So rather than comparing ourselves as ‘politically’ or even ‘culturally’ we can meet together in truth.

  3. Hi Ashley, I enjoyed this podcast; it gave me a lot to think about! I’m not sure if I heard correctly, but did you mention that there were about 164 ancient epics? If so, is there a list you could direct me to?

  4. Wonderful podcast and congratulations on completing your thesis! I giggled when you quoted Danielle, she’s a friend who always stretches me. Thank you for listing the books in your reply above, I was dying thinking I would have to wait until your book is published to get my hands on what you used. Can’t wait to read your book!

  5. You mentioned that you would put a reading list of Eastern classics from a university (?) in the shownotes. I can’t find it. Do you have a link? Or can you show me where to find it?

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