The trivium: the liberal arts of logic, grammar, and rhetoric : understanding the nature and function of language

Book Cover
Average Rating
Paul Dry Books,
Pub. Date:
1st Paul Dry Books ed.

Who sets language policy today? Who made whom the grammar doctor? Lacking the equivalent of l'Académie française, we English speakers must find our own way looking for guidance or vindication in source after source. McGuffey's Readers introduced nineteenth-century students to "correct" English. Strunk and White's Elements of Style and William Safire's column, "On Language," provide help on diction and syntax to contemporary writers and speakers. Sister Miriam Joseph's book, The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric , invites the reader into a deeper understanding--one that includes rules, definitions, and guidelines, but whose ultimate end is to transform the reader into a liberal artist.

A liberal artist seeks the perfection of the human faculties. The liberal artist begins with the language arts, the trivium, which is the basis of all learning because it teaches the tools for reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Thinking underlies all these activities. Many readers will recognize elements of this book: parts of speech, syntax, propositions, syllogisms, enthymemes, logical fallacies, scientific method, figures of speech, rhetorical technique, and poetics. The Trivium , however, presents these elements within a philosophy of language that connects thought, expression, and reality.

"Trivium" means the crossroads where the three branches of language meet. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, students studied and mastered this integrated view of language. Regrettably, modern language teaching keeps the parts without the vision of the whole. Inspired by the possibility of helping students "acquire mastery over the tools of learning" Sister Miriam Joseph and other teachers at Saint Mary's College designed and taught a course on the trivium for all first year students. The Trivium resulted from that noble endeavor.

The liberal artist travels in good company. Sister Miriam Joseph frequently cites passages from William Shakespeare, John Milton, Plato, the Bible, Homer, and other great writers. The Paul Dry Books edition of The Trivium provides new graphics and notes to make the book accessible to today's readers. Sister Miriam Joseph told her first audience that "the function of the trivium is the training of the mind for the study of matter and spirit, which constitute the sum of reality. The fruit of education is culture, which Mathew Arnold defined as 'the knowledge of ourselves and the world.'" May this noble endeavor lead many to that end.

"Is the trivium, then, a sufficient education for life? Properly taught, I believe that it should be."--Dorothy L. Sayers

" The Trivium is a highly recommended and welcome contribution to any serious and dedicated writer's reference collection."-- Midwest Book Review

Also in This Series
More Like This
More Copies In Prospector
Loading Prospector Copies...
More Details
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID18a2574a-fedd-74f0-797c-3763ced60a78
Grouping Titletrivium the liberal arts of logic grammar and rhetoric understanding the nature and function of lang
Grouping Authormiriam joseph
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2019-06-08 11:58:42AM
Last Indexed2019-11-21 04:15:13AM

Solr Details

auth_author2McGlinn, Marguerite.
authorMiriam Joseph, Sister, 1898-
author2-roleMcGlinn, Marguerite.
author_displayMiriam Joseph
available_at_gcldGRC Granby Library
detailed_location_gcldGRC Granby Non-Fiction
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:.b24723150.i41843071GRC Granby Non-Fiction808 MIR1falsefalseOn Shelfgrgan
itype_gcldAdult non-fiction
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_gcld808 MIR
owning_library_gcldGrand County Library Dist
owning_location_gcldGRC Granby Library
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:.b24723150BookBooks1st Paul Dry Books ed.EnglishPaul Dry Books, 2002.xi, 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b24723150.i41843071On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue128, 129, 130, 126, 127
subject_facetCritical thinking
English language -- Grammar
English language -- Rhetoric
Language and logic
Reading comprehension
title_displayThe trivium : the liberal arts of logic, grammar, and rhetoric : understanding the nature and function of language
title_fullThe trivium : the liberal arts of logic, grammar, and rhetoric : understanding the nature and function of language / by Sister Miriam Joseph ; edited by Marguerite McGlinn
title_shortThe trivium
title_subthe liberal arts of logic, grammar, and rhetoric : understanding the nature and function of language
topic_facetCritical thinking
English language
Language and logic
Reading comprehension