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Rehabilitating the Classical Virtues: Courage, Temperance, Wisdom, and Justice in Narnia and Middle-Earth

Workshop Speaker: Louis A Markos

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About This Workshop

Though traditionalists often complain that our public schools and universities have banished virtue from the classroom, the fact is that they have offered up instead the postmodern values of tolerance, inclusivism, multiculturalism, environmentalism, and egalitarianism. Rather than attack and vilify these counterfeit virtues, we must offer up a robust counter-vision that will make the traditional, classical virtues of Courage, Temperance, Wisdom, and Justice both accessible and appealing to this generation of grade school and college students. But we must not do so in a dry, abstract manner. We must, instead, incarnate these virtues in stories of heroes who struggled and overcame their fears by holding fast to virtue. In our age of cynicism and skepticism, I believe the best place to turn for such stories are The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings.