Edward Tingley

is creating books, posts, & video lectures on ancient wisdom



About Edward Tingley

If you are here to read the following, thank you for your time.

The ancient fruit, once distributed as a part of general education; superb, excellent, and nourishing.
The ancient orchard now neglected,
or, worse, updated and modernized, boiled down,
all the way down,
to the vitaminized fruit drops of academia, a 'taste sensation!'
The ancient fruit, however, is patient; will not rot;
is sufficient on the tree, being what it is,
not sensation but substance,
ready for and even awaiting the hungry traveller.

Some years ago, after a taste of Aristotle and a conversion to Christianity, I chose to become a gardener of these old trees. All I do is tend them and pass out the apples and pears.

Retiring from Augustine College (my garden of the past decade and a half), I now have the goal of achieving a free online school (at least in those subjects I have taught: philosophy, logic, art). Traditional education without the inconvenience of dollars and relocating to a physical classroom. This idea was hatched as I came to realize that we could not continue to make a go of living in Ottawa (our plan is now to move to where we can be settled and turn the following projects into my source of income).

Those projects are:

Writing books that transmit the lost basic wisdom once taught as part of a basic Christian higher education. I call it lost because scarcely any schools now teach it. If you want to see the books I am working on you can do that here at FORSAKEN IDEAL, my book imprint. (I am continuing to write a chapter per month of one book, to which patrons have access, giving you the opportunity to comment, suggest, and criticize as the work goes on). (Believe me when I say that if you have input and questions, they will be taken seriously.)

Producing video lectures for an online school that will do the same thing. What happened to the essentials, the ancient wisdom? Once this was taught at every college; today it is scarcely taught anywhere. Have a look and help me to distribute it free as a virtual college – ABANDONED SCHOOLHOUSE (now under construction; to open in September of 2019).

Writing occasional posts on topics related to our tradition’s understanding of the world, material from the best perpetuated by the needy. So far this blog is largely stalled but I am working out a plan for a ‘monthly digest’ with several standard features (quotation of the month, artwork of the month, concept of the month, musical piece of the month, etc., with commentary) – to share the wealth. More to come, then, at COLOURS OF NIGHT.

If you are already a patron, I thank you for your encouragement. Your generosity, so long as you are able to be a participant (don't feel bad about dropping out), is much appreciated.

If you become a patron, I shall be deeply grateful as true patrons are rare. Patreon itself flips between use of 'patron' and 'fans' or subscribers – both valuable yet quite different roles. As there is not much here in the way of 'Patreon rewards' (I simply cannot figure out how to reward supporters) patrons here are fairly selfless, which makes me that much more grateful for their help in going on with the school and the books.

This page was opened for me by former student David McKernan in the summer of 2018, set up with the plan that I would write something monthly. Encouraged by this I began to write more steadily and in 14 months have managed 10 chapters of two books (to be published in hard copies as soon as they are done). My thanks to David and to all for allowing me to devote time to keep this moving.

26 of 100 patrons
Thanks to patron support I have created an online Philosophy school, the now-open Abandoned Schoolhouse. Though I have only a quarter of the 100 patrons who, it is hoped, could make it 100% free I am launching it as 50% free. Half the lectures can be viewed at no cost. (Vouchers for paid lectures are available to patrons. There is no automated way to pass these out so ... please ask.) 

The other goal alongside the school is the books I am writing (for which see Forsaken Ideal); the plan is to issue a new chapter each month (these chapters are available to Patrons).

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