The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric by Sister Miriam Joseph I would describe the Trivium as the art of learning because it teaches you to. Sister Miriam Joseph Rauh, C.S.C., PhD (–) was a member of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. She received her doctorate from Columbia University and was Professor of English at Saint Mary’s College from to She is the author of several books including The Trivium which is a text she. “The Trivium” is a rigorous and utterly delightful presentation of the three Sister Miriam Joseph Rauh, a professor of English at St. Mary’s College for thirty.

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The Trivium are the first three of the seven liberal arts and sciences and the Quadrivium are the remaining four. OK, I made up that second word, but what’s the difference?

It’s not trlvium made fun and readable for the average everyday person. It sometimes seems rather far from the real world, though somehow, it manages to reconnect with everyday like.

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She compares the studying of the liberal arts with the blooming of the rose; it brings to fruition the possibilities of human nature. Feels like it was written to support an out-dated philosophy. This book will give you a low level perspective of the Trivium Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric without really explaining either the high level fascinating components in a deep or meaningful way, important historical context, or a modern day application of the subject matter which is disappointing since this is probably one of the most important subject matters I have learned to date.


Its loss from our educational system–a loss that has been progressive, apparently, since about the 14th century–has been a siter. Comparison of Materials, Functions, and Norms of the Language Arts The language arts guide the speaker, writer, listener, and reader in the correct and effective use of language. View all 12 comments. The Trivium is really a thorough presentation that encompasses everything from poetics, fallacies, syllogisms, propositions, grammar, composition, enthymemes and much much more.

Inspired by the possibility of helping students “acquire mastery over the tools of learning” Sister Miriam Joseph and other teachers at Saint Mary’s College designed and taught a course on the trivium for all first year students.

Oct 12, S rated it it was amazing Shelves: Read online Peikoff, Dr. I’m glad I persevered and finished to the end. She learned about the trivium from Mortimer J. This is not a book you can read through in a few weeks. Want to Read saving…. Be that as it may, the prose is often ponderous.

Given that the once mandatory subjects of rhetoric and logic are all but gone from mainstream education and only shadows of those remains josepj what is taught of grammar is very superficial, a book like this blows away anything that regular schooling could offer.

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It was surprising to me that I could learn so much about grammar, since I have studied the topic quite a bit in my time. Read online Fuller, R. Return to Book Sistsr. I do not rate books this highly, unless they touch a nerve somewhere Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


My mind benefited more from this book than from all my years in public schools Oct 12, Shiloah rated it really liked it Shelves: The profusion of jargon, diagrams, triviuj rules might give this system an air of rigor; but to me it often seems mere pedantry.

Of course, such impressions are not trustworthy; and there are a great many fac This book is either good or not good.

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So one very important advantage is that we can learn on our own, virtually any subject, with almost no guidance from a teacher or facilitator. According to the contract between them, Euathlus was to pay half his tuition fee when he completed his studies and the other mirian when he had won his first case in court.

There are other books on the trivium that may be a bit easier to start with but this book has everything plus wonderful examples from the Bible to Shakespeare. Therefore, good reasoning tfivium loud. My thanks to Sister Miriam Joseph for compiling and synthesizing what should be a required reading in Western Culture. It looks like lawyers were assholes back then too.

Gorgias, Protagoras, and others for their superficiality and joswph of truth in teaching to make the worse appear the better cause.