A Defence of Classical Education


Published in Great Britain during World War I, A Defence of Classical Education saw restless ferment against the centuries-long dominance of Latin and Greek in education. If we’re to teach languages at all, the thinking went, let them be modern languages, not the “dead” ones that not a soul in the world currently spoke.
Arguing the case for the opposition came R. W. Livingstone. Over a century after its publication, Livingstone’s words read more freshly than most books churned out today. In the new age dawning of “Artificial Intelligence,” here is a case for enhancing Real Intelligence within human souls. Here is a case for making ourselves responsible for knowing the past: We become better, wiser people. 
Click here to watch an exclusive introduction to the book from Tracy Lee Simmons, author of “Climbing Parnassus.”

C. S. Lewis: A Critical Essay by Peter Kreeft


Before his death in 1963, C. S. Lewis found time to produce some sixty first-quality works of literary history, literary criticism, theology, philosophy, autobiography, Biblical studies, historical philology, fantasy, science fiction, letters, poems, sermons, formal and informal essays, a historical novel, a spiritual diary, religious allegory, short stories, and children’s novels. Clive Staples Lewis was not a man: he was a world.
In this critical essay, Peter Kreeft guides readers on an exploration of this world through the words of Lewis himself, in a comprehensive tour of his faith and his fiction.

On Being Civilized by Tracy Lee Simmons



Is civilization worth defending? Should we aim to conform to its precepts so we can be considered civilized? Should we aim to bring our children up according to its norms so they too can be considered civilized? None of these crucial questions can be answered unless we have a clear understanding of what civilization is or, perhaps as important, what it isn’t.
With On Being Civilized, Tracy Lee Simmons proves to be a reliable guide to a sound and historically informed understanding of civilization. This selection of his writing on multifarious topics over the last thirty years is animated by the transcendental trinity of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.

Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton


G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy has been republished again and again since its original printing in 1908. The book serves to remind not only that Christianity is the true revolution, but that, unique among the systems of belief that populate the history of the world, Christianity has the power to effect its own renewal: “Christianity has died many times and risen again,” he said, “for it had a god who knew the way out of the grave.”

If you were forced to choose one book that best represents Chesterton’s thoughts on Christianity, this is the one. In his other books he uses Christianity to defend Reality. In Orthodoxy he uses Reality to defend Christianity and shows how every modern worldview has founded its truth on Christendom. No one ever did it better.

Parnassus Prize winners

Virtue Politics by James Hankins



A dazzlingly ambitious reappraisal of Renaissance political thought by one of our generation’s foremost intellectual historians, Virtue Politics challenges the traditional narrative that looks to the Renaissance as the seedbed of modern republicanism and sees Machiavelli as its exemplary thinker. James Hankins reveals that what most concerned the humanists was not reforming laws or institutions so much as shaping citizens. If character mattered more than constitutions, it would have to be nurtured through a new program of education they called the studia humanitatis: the humanities.

From Plato to Christ by Louis Markos



In ways that might surprise us, Christians throughout the history of the church and even today have inherited aspects of the ancient Greek philosophy of Plato, who was both Socrates’s student and Aristotle’s teacher.
To help us understand the influence of Platonic thought on the Christian faith, Louis Markos offers careful readings of some of Plato’s best-known texts and then traces the ways that his work shaped the faith of some of Christianity’s most beloved theologians, including Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine, Dante, and C. S. Lewis.

The Vision of the Soul by James Matthew Wilson


Ours is an age full of desires but impoverished in its understanding of where those desires lead—an age that claims mastery over the world but also claims to find the world as a whole absurd or unintelligible. In The Vision of the Soul, James Matthew Wilson seeks to conserve the great insights of the western tradition by giving us a new account of them responsive to modern discontents.
The western— or Christian Platonist—tradition, he argues, tells us that man is an intellectual animal, born to pursue the good, to know the true, and to contemplate all things in beauty.

Books from Faculty, Friends, & Beyond

A History of Philosophy by Frederick Copleston

$35.95 per volume

A History of Philosophy is an ideal guide for philosophy students studying specific eras and offers a complete and unrivalled overview of the entire western philosophical tradition.
Frederick Copleston was a Professor of the History of Philosophy and Dean of the Faculty of Theology at London University. This eleven-volume work is one of the most remarkable single-handed scholarly enterprises of modern times. Brimming with detail and enthusiasm, A History of Philosophy gives an accessible account of philosophers from all eras and explains their works in relation to other philosophers.

Tending the Heart of Virtue by Vigen Guroian



In Tending the Heart of Virtue, Vigen Guroian illuminates the power of classic tales and their impact on the moral imagination. He demonstrates how these stories teach the virtues through vivid depictions of the struggle between good and evil, while he also unveils components of the good, the true, and the beautiful in plot and character.
With clarity and elegance, Guroian reads deeply into the classic stories. He demonstrates how these stories challenge and enliven the moral imaginations of children. And he shows the reader how to get “inside” of classic stories and communicate their lessons to the child.
Poems Every Child Should Know

Poems Every Child Should Know compiled by Joseph Pearce


Poetry is meant for everyone. For you. For your child. But where to start? Poems Every Child Should Know is here to help.
Selected and accompanied by commentary from bestselling author and literature professor Joseph Pearce, this exciting collection of verse contains classic poems that every child should know to begin a poetic ascent towards God. Not only that, but these poems are chosen so as to help all “become as little children,” and are ones everyone should know, regardless of age. These timeless treasures form a foundation upon which to build poetic knowledge and to see the world through the eyes of a poet, the way God intended it.

About Memoria College Press

Memoria College Press features a captivating collection of books selected and authored by our esteemed faculty members that embody our academic ethos. Dive into the literary world of the Western Tradition crafted by brilliant minds, where knowledge and excellence converge in the written word. These books provide a meaningful encounter with the values of classical education and make for excellent additions to any library.