Fidel – medieval history

A critical portrait – Fidel
Tad Szulc
Chapter 6, page 327-328

With Fidel back with his companions, he was at once elected chief of the group, and prison life picked up in activity. In addition to the library, which grew to over five hundred volumes (including one hundred belonging to Fidel), the men organized the Abel Santamaria Ideological Academy as a prison “university” to teach philosophy, world history, political economy, mathematics, and languages as well as Spanish-language classics. The academy functioned in the patio, where the men sat at the wooden tables where they normally ate. They had a small
blackboard. There were nearly five hours of classes a day, morning, afternoon, and evening-with Fidel teaching philosophy and world history on alternate days and public speaking twice a week, Pedro Miret lecturing on ancient history (he remarked later that they were amnestied in the midst of the medieval period)

(Thomas) Becket represents the appeal to an absolute standard that lies beyond all secular and particular codifications.On this medieval view, as on the ancient, there is no room for the modern liberal distinction between law and morality, and there is no room for this because of what the medieval kingdom shares with the polis, as Aristotle conceived it.Both are conceived as communities in which men in company pursue the human good and not merely as – what the modern liberal state takes itself to be – providing the arena in which each individual seeks his or her own private good.”
(Alaisdair MacIntyre – After Virtue p172)



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