Cory Leonard

The Liberal Arts as Guideposts in the 21st Century – Commentary – The Chronicle of Higher Education

In Uncategorized on February 15, 2012 at 10:26 pm

A great restatement of four basic arguments defending the liberal arts from Nannerl O. Keohane, former president of Wellesley College and Duke University.

 

Virginia Woolf used a different spatial image to make a similar point in her book Three Guineas, when she talked about the importance of cultivating taste and the knowledge of the arts and literature and music. She argues that people who are so caught up in their professions or business that they never have time to listen to music or look at pictures lose the sense of sight, the sense of sound, the sense of proportion. And she concludes: “What then remains of a human being who has lost sight, and sound, and a sense of proportion? Only a cripple in a cave.” So my fourth argument for a liberal-arts education is that it allows you to furnish the back room of your mind, preparing you for both society and solitude.

via The Liberal Arts as Guideposts in the 21st Century – Commentary – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

 

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