Jesuit education is founded upon the traditions of both Ignatian spirituality and Humanism, which can be traced back to classical antiquity. The lives of St. Ignatius and Socrates are thus fundamental to learning at Jesuit institutions, because they represent two pedagogical models by which we can come to know ourselves and our place in the world: self-reflection through the application of the senses and philosophic inquiry in dialogue with others. When these methods are applied to works of philosophy, literature, and art, they provide a reflective space for self-transformation and produce a philology that is liberating.
Strunk, Thomas E.
"Socrates and St. Ignatius: The Madman, the Monk, and the Philology of Liberation,"
Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal: Vol. 4
, Article 2.
Available at: http://epublications.regis.edu/jhe/vol4/iss1/2