New Humanists

Can Humanism Replace Christianity? | Episode XLIV

April 01, 2023 Ancient Language Institute Episode 44
New Humanists
Can Humanism Replace Christianity? | Episode XLIV
Show Notes

Irving Babbitt was the architect of New Humanism. He was also T.S. Eliot's mentor at Harvard. But in 1928, the newly Anglican Eliot's essay criticizing his old mentor's humanistic project was published, which provoked a terse, and sharp, rebuke from Babbitt. What is the relationship between traditional religion and humanistic learning? Can humanism provide society with the standards needed for democratic life? In this episode, we take a look at Babbitt's and Eliot's writings on the subject.

T.S. Eliot's The Humanism of Irving Babbitt:

T.S. Eliot's Second Thoughts About Humanism:

Irving Babbitt's Democracy and Leadership:

Jay Parini's Irving Babbitt Revisited:

The Davenant Institute's Reforming Classical Education:

T.S. Eliot's Little Gidding:

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