The Grammar of Our Civility: Classical Education in America

The Grammar of Our Civility: Classical Education in America


By (author) Lee T. Pearcy

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  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 15mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 17 August 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Waco
  • ISBN 10: 1932792163
  • ISBN 13: 9781932792164

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The pragmatic demands of American life have made higher education's sustained study of ancient Greece and Rome an irrelevant luxury--and this despite the fact that American democracy depends so heavily on classical language, literature, and political theory. In The Grammar of Our Civility , Lee T. Pearcy chronicles how this came to be. Pearcy argues that classics never developed a distinctly American way of responding to distinctly American social conditions. Instead, American classical education simply imitated European models that were designed to underwrite European culture. The Grammar of Our Civility also offers a concrete proposal for the role of classical education, one that takes into account practical expectations for higher education in twenty-first century America.

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Author information

Lee T Pearcy is the Director of Curriculum and Lounsbery Chair in Classics at the Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pennsylvania.

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Wearing his immense learning lightly, Lee T. Pearcy cogently and eloquently synthesizes a vast amount of previous scholarship to envision a new form of American classical education. --Judith P. Hallett, University of Maryland, College Park The Grammar of Our Civility is a cri de coeur on behalf of reestablishing classical studies at the core of a new curriculum, one that draws on the distinctly American contact with the classical tradition. --Ward W. Briggs, Jr., Carolina Distinguished Professor of Classics, University of South Carolina

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Retooling classical education to meet distinctly American conditions.

Table of contents

Foreword 1. The Grammar of Our Civility 2. The American Dialect 3. Finis: Four Arguments against Classics 4. Prolegomena to a Pragmatic Classicism Notes Works Cited Index