On January 27, 1838, a young American politician delivered an address to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois. Contemplating threats to the experiment of American government, he postured: “At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”
That young politician was Abraham Lincoln. His “Lyceum Address” serves as a harrowing reminder that Americans are the authors of their own fate. Only serious and informed citizenship can perpetuate the institutions of self-government. Anything less will ensure their destruction in the fullness of time.
The New Lyceum challenges its readers to be informed citizens. We uphold that truth is objective, real, discernible, and attainable. Its realization requires the restoration of reasonable discourse in self-governing society. Truth must be free to flourish, and man must be free to fearlessly express and defend it.
Our writers are at the forefront of that struggle, leading an emerging generation that seeks to challenge modern perceptions and ideologies. The expressions of our staff are not limited to mere philosophizing; rather, they are parsed from current events and grounded in reality. An authority for millennial classical thought, The New Lyceum seeks to conserve and promote what has been proven eternally good, true, and beautiful by human reason and divine revelation.
In 335 B.C., Aristotle began teaching his students in the Lyceum of Athens. Preferring to wander about during his lectures, Aristotle and his followers came to be known as the Peripatetics. The Lyceum functioned as an informal place for thinkers to conduct logical discussions and scientific inquiries, lending philosophical and practical knowledge to Athenian society. The school flourished for nearly 250 years until 86 B.C., when it was destroyed by Roman soldiers.
The New Lyceum was established in 2017 by students of Dr. Peter W. Schramm, who conducted his classroom with the informal dialogue of the ancients. His meandering discourses and intellectual gravitas informed a generation of scholars committed to promulgating virtue and self-government. Seeking to continue Dr. Schramm’s old-school sense of liberal education, the founders of The New Lyceum created this forum for the discussion of public affairs.