The Way to Virtue

The Way to Virtue

By Jin Jin Emerson’s Self-Reliance and Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience provide distinct answers to one question: what does it take to become virtuous? From their answers, I find that the two authors have fundamentally different views of human nature. Emerson holds…

On the Virtues of Realpolitik Over Just War Theory

On the Virtues of Realpolitik Over Just War Theory

By Timothy Jaeger This essay discusses how when states adhere to realpolitik, it usually breeds peace and happiness, while when they adhere to ideas similar to the Just War Theory, the result is usually pain and suffering. Realpolitik, which prioritizes…

Understanding in Education

Understanding in Education

By Thomas Kazakoff Individuals who attend university are faced with a multitude of varied challenges once they leave the comforts of academia. The function of any university is purportedly to provide persons with the skills to confront these obstacles, and…

"On Liberal Education" by Brock McLeod

“On Liberal Education” by Brock McLeod

Editor’s note: Brock McLeod graduated with a degree in Liberal Studies from VIU (formerly Malaspina University-College) and went on to became a passionate advocate for the kind of learning that we foster here, in which students engage in small seminar…

Post-Truth and Liberal Education

Post-Truth and Liberal Education

David W. Livingstone, Ph.D. The following remarks were presented at Vancouver Island University during the “Teaching in the Post-Truth Era” panel on April 12, 2017. I would like to thank the organizers, Dr. Melissa Stephens and Dr. Sonnet L’Abbé, for…

"An Appeal to Moderate Patriotism"

“An Appeal to Moderate Patriotism”

By Braedan Zimmer Patriotism is often associated with an unconditional love and support of one’s country, even at the expense of all other countries. A patriot in this form (an extreme patriot) can be dangerous and radical, at times using…

"Filippo Brunelleschi and the Spirit of Classicism"

“Filippo Brunelleschi and the Spirit of Classicism”

By Jill Foster With the rise of the Renaissance came the renewal of values with fresh inspiration sought for in classical antiquity, and the architecture of this time was no exception to this trend. By digging into the characteristics of…

"Closed on Account of Transformation: Two-Faced Humanity  in Ionesco’s Rhinoceros"

“Closed on Account of Transformation: Two-Faced Humanity in Ionesco’s Rhinoceros”

    By Zoe McKenna Satire as a genre is born from general dissatisfaction and disillusionment with humanity as a whole. It is a critique of society, often in such a way as to make humans and their actions laughable or…

“A Lonely Indian Boy”

“A Lonely Indian Boy”

“A Lonely Indian Boy”: Censorship and Isolation Surrounding Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian By Zoe McKenna In a world full of people driven by social interaction, it is difficult to ignore how heavily one can be influenced…

Ann Radcliffe’s Sublime and Eastern Modes of Transcendence

Ann Radcliffe’s Sublime and Eastern Modes of Transcendence

Ann Radcliffe’s Sublime: How Clarity-of-Mind Equates Eastern Modes of Transcendence in A Sicilian Romance By Laura-Lee Bowers Ann Radcliffe was canonized at her passing in 1823. Her genius was recognized in her lifetime; she was made a legacy by her death. In…