Sunday, September 30, 2018

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

This week's letter addresses the topic of the Philosophical Realism, one of the central things that we deeply love as an Academy.

  • The Virtues: Moral, Intellectual, and Athletic Excellence
  • The Western Tradition
  • Human Dignity and Freedom
  • Philosophical Realism
  • Conversation and Community
  • Humility
Our Academy plants itself squarely within the classical tradition of Western philosophy: following the example of thinkers like Plato and Aristotle, we posit the knowability of the cosmos, the power of human reason to know not just itself and its works, but a reality outside itself, and the ability of reason to cut through limitations of culture, history, and social conditioning to know truth.

We prefer this classical tradition of thought in opposition to what we might call the “sophistic” or
“skeptical” tradition, which goes all the way back to ancient Athens, and which is alive and well
today. The skeptic holds, generally speaking, that “man is the measure of all things”; that “truth” is
relative or even non-existent; that notions of good and evil are mere social conventions, and that
ethics are non-rational; that beauty is just a question of taste or preference; that reason is merely
the power to make infinite distinctions.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold