Epilogue: The Fate of Liberal Learning

Donald N. Levine

in Powers of the Mind

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780226475530
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226475783 | DOI:
Epilogue: The Fate of Liberal Learning

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Having considered what a curriculum for liberal learning suited for the modern world might look like, and having reviewed a variety of ways in which one might think about teaching it, we face now the question of whether such an enterprise, however conceived, has a future. This book has shown that the enterprise of liberal learning takes time, self-searching, and communal openness. These features contrast with the ethos now sweeping the world and therewith many universities, an ethos that prizes quick fixes, instant gratifications, self-aggrandizement, and expanded gated communities based increasingly on the market model. Insofar as these two ethics stand in opposition, the hegemony of the latter will be served by educational programs that can only be described as illiberal, and which threaten to dominate the world of higher education.

Keywords: higher education; liberal education; curriculum; educational programs

Chapter.  531 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy and Theory of Education

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