Ideal Types in Literature (Webinar)

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

The "Ideal type" is an idea that has loomed over men and women for all of history. Socrates and Plato discuss it in the dialogues and consider what it represents and how it is a meaningful aspect of education. (It is the means, perhaps, of how we teach others to love what is worth loving.)

The Bible, especially the Old Testament, is full of types that point to Christ, given to the Israelites to prepare them to recognize and receive Christ when He came to them.

Jesus Christ is the ideal type of a human being, showing us what it looks like to be fully human.

In Norms and Nobility, David Hicks describes it as a kind of tyrannical figure that is constantly calling us to be better people—an essential aspect of classical education, he asserts. 

In this webinar, Matthew Bianco will cover:

  • What is an ideal type?
  • What do ideal types represent?
  • What are examples of ideal types from the Great Books?
  • How do we learn from the ideal types?
  • When is an ideal type bad?

Matthew will draw from multiple literary, Biblical, and historical sources for this webinar. Familiarity with no particular story is required.


• The seminar will be recorded; however, you must sign up before February 28th to have access to it. Registration will be cut off at 2:00pm (EST) on February 28th.

• Please note that login information for the seminar will be sent an hour before the seminar (February 28th).

  • Price: $10.00