Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Lewis the scholar …

… The Scholarly Lewis: A Review of The Medieval Mind of C.S. Lewis - Front Porch Republic. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Baxter is right to emphasize that a great mind is formed by the Great Books and his book discusses important themes in and influences on Lewis. However, I cannot but help think of Lewis’s own words

The student is half afraid to meet one of the great philosophers face to face. He feels himself inadequate and thinks he will not understand him. But if he only knew, the great man, just because of his greatness, is much more intelligible than his modern commentator. The simplest student will be able to understand, if not all, yet a very great deal of what Plato said; but hardly anyone can understand some modern books on Platonism. It has always therefore been one of my main endeavours as a teacher to persuade the young that firsthand knowledge is not only more worth acquiring than secondhand knowledge, but is usually much easier and more delightful to acquire.

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