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Mr. Alvaro de Vicente on Moral Imagination: Part 2

Continuing last week’s lecture on the Moral Imagination, in this episode Mr. de Vicente turns his attention to the ways in which parents and educators can cultivate the moral imagination of their sons and students.  Neither beasts nor boulders of marble, he explains how a proper approach to education must be rooted in an understanding of man’s freedom; that is, it ought to be neither mere training nor external sculpting.

As the Japanese proverb goes, vision without action is a daydream; action without vision, a nightmare.  If last week’s segment focused on the vision, this second part of Alvaro’s lecture considers the actions we can take to help this vision take root in our children’s lives. 


  • 1:22 The Start 
  • 2:41 Why Our Boys Need Rights of Passage 
  • 4:10 The Wimp or the Don Juan
    • 4:24 The Wimpy Kid: A Man with no Backbone
    • 5:49 The Don Juan: A Barbarian with the Veneer of Sophistication 
  • 8:50 How to Cultivate the Moral Imagination 
    • 10:21 Building the House of the Mind
  • 11:50 Four Ways to Form the Moral Imagination 
    • 12:08 Protect 
    • 14:11 Promote
    • 18:25 Shape
    • 24:45 Deepen 
  • 27:21 The Idea of an Artisan 
  • 29:20 Conclusion: The Failure of Frodo and our own Felix Culpa 

Also on The Forum  

Who am I?: The Question of  Persona with Mr. Alvaro de Vicente

Our Little Protectors: How do WE See our Boys with Mr. Alvaro de Vicente 

Forming your Young Son’s Conscience with Mr. Colin Gleason 

Fostering Vocations in a Digital Age with Fr. Carter Griffin

Grounding Boys in Reality with Mr. Joe Cardenas

The Issue of Identity: Who does your son think he is? By Mr. Rich Moss

About the Guest

Alvaro de Vicente

Headmaster, The Heights School

In addition to his responsibilities as headmaster of The Heights, Alvaro acts as a mentor to high schoolers, and teachers senior Apologetics.

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