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Jason Baxter

Jason Baxter
Jason Baxter is Academic Dean, and Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities, at Wyoming Catholic College. His books include A Beginner’s Guide to Dante’s Comedy and Falling Inward: Humanities in the Age of Technology. Dr. Baxter holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Notre Dame. His research concerns the Platonic and Medieval traditions, as well as medieval aesthetics.
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Dante's Inferno is the poem of interiority. It aims to crack the crusty shell of the heart and gain access to its secret, guarded places... Although the Comedy is a poem of impeccable order, the poet...
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A hero is someone you admire to the point of losing sleep over. A hero is one the ancients were tempted to worship, with the ardent hope that some of the strength from his dead body would seep into the ground and make their crops fertile. A...
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The experience of nostalgia is a feeling of beauty’s remoteness, but only because it is so far in the future. It is hope... I went for a long walk in Oxford the other night....
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As a professor who values intelligence, I tend to like most those students who talk to me about books and ideas. Yet recently when a student, unasked, quietly shoveled the snow from my sidewalk, he taught me a lesson about a profound depth of goodness that I...
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Philosopher Charles Taylor is insistent that we are all “secular,” by which he means, denied of the "naive" experience of religion as encountered in the pre-modern world. See how much you agree or disagree with Dr. Taylor by taking this quiz...
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The humanities can fill us with a kind of reverent admiration for a place in its particularity, and fill us with a delight that such a thing exists, untouched, un-owned by us. It can help us open our grasping hands and let beauty be, whether or not...
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There seems to be very little cultural space for humanistic studies. It is difficult to perceive how literature, philosophy, or theology could contribute to technological capitalism... I would like you to imagine the following situation:...
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At the end of each semester, I inevitably have one or two well-meaning students who are still unsure why they were asked to devote so much time and care to reading, annotating, and discussing archaic Greek literature. They...