“Philology” means “love of the word.” The Philology Institute exists to promote the love of language. We were founded in 2014 to provide quality language instruction to students and working professionals in central Kentucky.
Our motto is Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος (“In the beginning was the Word,” Jn. 1:1). We are firmly convinced that the written and spoken word (λόγος) is of primary importance. The principle of language is central to our human experience. The clear communication of ideas is not only essential for human survival; it is essential for human flourishing.
Everything comes back to language, to expression. Every human endeavor has meaning, tells a story, signifies something. Every skyscraper or sculpture or symphony is a gesture, an expression, a message—in other words, a word. Every thing tells. Language is primary. In the beginning was the Word.
That’s why we believe that quality language instruction is at the heart of education and at the heart of preparing the next generation of scientists, engineers, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, politicians, artists, musicians, teachers, thinkers, and dreamers. Because at the end of the day, language is not just functional. Words are not just tools to help us achieve our goals in other areas, such as business or politics. Words also have the power to shape us. Stories can move us. Literature can awaken in us passions and dreams we never knew we had. Words can take us out of ourselves and change the way we look at the world. Words are not only vehicles for facts. They can also open our eyes to truth, goodness, and beauty.