Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Liberal Arts

A response to students who complain about all the different courses they have to take in college...

The liberal arts are not merely indispensable; they are unavoidable. Nobody can decide for himself whether he is going to be a human being. The only question open to him is whether he will be an ignorant, undeveloped one or one who has sought to reach the highest point he is capable of attaining. The question, in short, is whether he will be a poor liberal artist or a good one.

Robert Maynard Hutchins, Great Books of the Western World.  Volume 1: The Great Conversation: The Substance of a Liberal Education (1952)

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