How It Began
This course began as a companion to Olavo de Carvalho’s online Philosophy Seminar, with the lessons that are now available in the “FR Leavis, The Living Principle” Package. Olavo wanted his students to learn to read high-level texts in English, so he asked Margarita to lead them through The Living Principle to teach them to read slowly. After that, we continued with many different types of texts, always reading slowly, and making sure we understood everything before proceeding. This is Olavo’s way, and we have all benefited greatly from it.
After wrestling with The Living Principle for a year (2010), we tried to make it easier by switching to Bible stories (King David) and Greek Myths (English from Aesop, and Ancient Mythology, taught by Michelle Noyes, Margarita’s daughter.) Finally, at Olavo’s suggestion, we decided to study The Practical Imagination, an anthology of English literature edited by Northrop Frye.
Eventually, there were more books Olavo wanted us to read, so we moved to other titles. Today we still study books chosen by Olavo.
About This Series
You can download earlier courses from the “English for Philosophy Students” series by purchasing one of these Packages:
- The Art of Living (part 4)
- The Art of Living (part 3)
- The Art of Living (part 2)
- The Art of Living (part 1)
- Scottish Philosophy
- Awakening the Moral Imagination
- FR Leavis, The Living Principle
- Ancient Mythology