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Liberal Learning

One of the chief aims of mathematics has always been to reveal and describe an order in the natural world. Mathematics, as a language, reveals this order and harmony, yet it should also be lifted from this concrete foundation and brought into the world of the abstract...

True educational reform must re-establish the secondary school as a place for broad learning, vocational training as a highly respected route to respectable work, and college as a place for higher learning...   The call for college to...
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Music assures us that we are not alone: that there is something out there in the world that knows our hearts and may even teach us to know them better. Thanks to music, we experience what it means to be connected to the whole of all things...
Plato
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So there are, at least in my experience, not many books that deal with the question “What’s the good of justice?” But there is one that deals with it preeminently. It...
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So long as the government continues subsidizing radical groupthink through its tax, research, and other policies, we will continue to see our children indoctrinated into an ideology that denies reality, precludes self-awareness, and undermines ordered liberty...

Such textbooks as the one I found would be drummed out of today's schools, where children are taught to be embarrassed by piety, honor, purity, and faith... I am musing upon a fine book written by...
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We live in a country in which liberty is both exercised and preserved by free action. Such action is by its very nature pre­ceded by thought, from which it follows that human be­ings, the young especially, ought to have a period of re­flective learning as a prelude...
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Most Western academics today are using their intellectual capital to answer questions that nobody’s asking on pages that nobody’s reading... Professors usually spend about three-six months (sometimes longer) researching and writing in order to...
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The "liberal" in "liberal arts" has traditionally and rightly been understood to refer to freedom in several ways. In a classical context the liberal arts rescue us from banal pursuits. In a religious context they deliver us from earthly bonds. And in a modern context they set...
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The great vehicle of liberal learning is discussion, in which begetting, questioning, refuting, and again questioning take place... What I have to speak about, briefly and in a most elementary way, is what...

We want to give our students a classroom in which inciting books are talked about not as mere literature nor as historical documents, but boldly as they meant themselves to be taken: as the Word of God, or the insight of the intellect, or the...
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When the ancient philosophers speak of the philosophical life, one thing is immediately clear: It is a life and not a profession of which they are speaking. For the life of philosophy seems to have one reason for being—the search for truth...
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Our tradition may be in dire need of resuscitation and recollection, and it seems quite possible that the Chinese may help us in our necessity... Sour Sweet, by Timothy Mo (Sphere Books, 1982; Aventura Paperback, 1985) Shenfan, William Hinton (Random House, 1983; Vintage...

A free mind is necessary for our personal happiness, for living a good life, the life suited to our nature... Fifty years ago I shook the hand of our president,...