Liberal Education and the Good Society

Liberal Education and the Good Society Paul Franco When I was asked to contribute to this on popular music, and the computer have all contributed to a "Liberal Education and the Good Society," my first inclination mental disposition that is more responsive to what is immediate, was to decline the invitation politely, invoking the all-purpose sensory, easily accessible, pre-packaged, and emotionally crude excuse of being "too busy." What could I, a harried professor of than to what is reflective, linguistically complex, conceptually political philosophy at a small college in Maine, possibly say challenging, and emotionally refined. Given the culture in about a topic so large and well-trodden that hadn't been said which most children grow up, it is not surprising that they already by heads better than my own? It was not that I didn't care cannot read, write, or speak very well when they enter college. deeply about liberal education -- I do And the computer, which now seam-- or even that I didn't believe that lessly blends entertainment and educaSuffice it to say that television, video such an education has something to tion, promotes the illusion -- fatal to games, advertising, popular music, contribute to "the good society" -- liberal education -- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

Liberal Education and the Good Society

The Good Society, Volume 13 (3) – Nov 4, 2004

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Copyright © 2004 by The Pennsylvania State University.
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Paul Franco When I was asked to contribute to this on popular music, and the computer have all contributed to a "Liberal Education and the Good Society," my first inclination mental disposition that is more responsive to what is immediate, was to decline the invitation politely, invoking the all-purpose sensory, easily accessible, pre-packaged, and emotionally crude excuse of being "too busy." What could I, a harried professor of than to what is reflective, linguistically complex, conceptually political philosophy at a small college in Maine, possibly say challenging, and emotionally refined. Given the culture in about a topic so large and well-trodden that hadn't been said which most children grow up, it is not surprising that they already by heads better than my own? It was not that I didn't care cannot read, write, or speak very well when they enter college. deeply about liberal education -- I do And the computer, which now seam-- or even that I didn't believe that lessly blends entertainment and educaSuffice it to say that television, video such an education has something to tion, promotes the illusion -- fatal to games, advertising, popular music, contribute to "the good society" -- liberal education --

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Published: Nov 4, 2004

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