Brian Phillips

Dr. Brian Phillips is the Director of CiRCE Consulting & the Headmaster of the CiRCE Academy.  He also serves as a pastor in Concord, NC, where he lives with his wife and their four children.

Brian Phillips Aug 30, 2012
“Ethos is the in articulate expression of what the community values.  It includes the quality of relationships within the school, the traditions, the professional comportment, the approach to classroom management, the out-of-class decorum, the aesthetic personality of the school reflected in the student and faculty dress codes, the visual and auditory imagery, and the physical plant itself…Ethos is the way in which the school expresses (or doesn’t) truth, goodness, and beauty through the experiences of every person who enters our halls.”
Brian Phillips Aug 29, 2012
Part 1 The solid darkness of the spires stood in subtle contrast against the moon light.  Our hearts lifted slightly at the knowledge of the place,  so, wearily we put forth what energy we could to reach the gates. We escaped the Plague, but no one left the gruesome scene  unscathed; nearly half our city had fallen to the disease.  Yet, for some time, it seemed we had stolen away only to die in the wilderness.  Cutting through the face-high weeds and grass, we entered the clearing in front of the castle mote.
Brian Phillips Jul 13, 2012
Wicked men are unkind to the thoughtful.  Even the shortest historical survey reveals great hatred and violence aimed at the virtuous, at those who call upon men to examine their way.  Jesus was “taken, and by wicked hands…crucified and slain” (Acts 2:23), a sentence encouraged by the Pharisees, the experts in the Law, ones we might have expected to embrace His coming. John the Baptist was beheaded by Herod simply because his wife, Herodias, did not like having their unlawful marriage questioned (Matthew 14:1-12).
Brian Phillips Jun 25, 2012

Brian Phillips Jun 11, 2012
The “must read” list, like the making of books, never ends.  The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius hardly stands as a newcomer to that list, yet its place has been lifted by the recent translation from Scot and David Hicks.  Accessible, accurate, and consistent with the sense of Marcus, The Emperor’s Handbook provides inspiration and endless fodder for reflection.
Brian Phillips Apr 24, 2012
Oppressive heat comes standard with a North Carolina August.  Hoping to avoid the soon-to-be ninety-plus temperatures, I got up early, strapped my road bike onto the carrier, and set out.  Off to complete one last trial run for an upcoming charity race, more than twenty-one miles awaited me – 3.1 running, 16.2 on bike, and another 2 running – the same distance and order of the race.
Brian Phillips Mar 30, 2012

"Classical education is an agrarian form of education. Modern education is industrial. The human body is made of the dirt of the ground; we can’t know ourselves apart from the garden. It’s simpler, more local, more focused on the rhythms and harmonies of nature and the soul. Someday, perhaps, we’ll be able to see it again. But in my view, classical education must work dialectically with farming to restore a mind that is bound to reality – and happy to be so bound, like a happy marriage or a successful farm."

Brian Phillips Mar 23, 2012
Malnourished Souls “Money isn’t everything seems to be a truth we feel compelled to confess without really believing.  In our cultural context, money is the dominant indicator of “success.”  By this definition, the same teachers who are counted upon to prepare young people for success are utter failures themselves.
Brian Phillips Mar 16, 2012
Peter: I’m studying for my exam tomorrow. Socrates: And why are you doing that? Peter: I’m studying to pass my course, of course. Socrates: And why do you want to do that? Peter: To get a degree, of course. Socrates: You mean all the time and effort and money you put into your education here at Desperate State is to purchase that little piece of paper? Peter: That’s the way it is.
Brian Phillips Mar 2, 2012

“I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.”

- P.G. Wodehouse