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Liberal Education and Liberalism

Liberal Education and Liberalism L I B E R A L E D U C AT I O N Mark Blitz To discuss liberal education intelligently we must begin by asking what it is. Otherwise we cannot say whether it is improving or declining, or even whether it is good. Socrates' lesson that we can clarify nothing about a matter until we consider what it is is at once commonsensical and troubling. It is just the kind of lesson that the liberal arts should be teaching. The way to proceed is to explore what liberalism means, what education means and what they mean when we take them together. The first step is to look at the current substance and structure of education and liberalism and see what place today's liberal education has in freedom and education generally. I will in general follow this procedure and begin with this step. not do, by the ways of life that governments and their principles of justice organize, and by the judgment of statesmen. Liberal education does not occupy the field of purpose by itself: it either aids political education, counters it, or does both. II If liberal education helps us to understand the goals that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

Liberal Education and Liberalism

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

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L I B E R A L E D U C AT I O N Mark Blitz To discuss liberal education intelligently we must begin by asking what it is. Otherwise we cannot say whether it is improving or declining, or even whether it is good. Socrates' lesson that we can clarify nothing about a matter until we consider what it is is at once commonsensical and troubling. It is just the kind of lesson that the liberal arts should be teaching. The way to proceed is to explore what liberalism means, what education means and what they mean when we take them together. The first step is to look at the current substance and structure of education and liberalism and see what place today's liberal education has in freedom and education generally. I will in general follow this procedure and begin with this step. not do, by the ways of life that governments and their principles of justice organize, and by the judgment of statesmen. Liberal education does not occupy the field of purpose by itself: it either aids political education, counters it, or does both. II If liberal education helps us to understand the goals that

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The Good SocietyPenn State University Press

Published: Nov 4, 2004

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