The Liberal Arts and Liberal Education


Conferees discussed the purpose, content, and audience of a liberal arts education, and how such an education is related to the development and preservation of a free society.


Conference Readings

Arnold, Matthew. "Literature and Science." In The Nineteenth Century (August 1882); "Doing as One Likes" in Culture and Anarchy. Edited by J. Dover Wilson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1954.

Gasset, José Ortega y. Mission of the University (Foundations of Higher Education). New York: Transaction Publishers, 1991.

Mill, John Stuart. Inaugural Address Delivered to the University of St. Andrews. Toronto and Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 1984.

Newman, John Henry. The Idea of a University. Edited by Frank M. Turner. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.

Nussbaum, Martha. Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998.

Oakeshott, Michael. The Voice of Liberal Learning. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Searle, John R. “The Storm Over the University.” The New York Review of Books. (Sept. 30, 2016).

Strauss, Leo. “What Is Liberal Education?.” An Address Delivered at the Tenth Annual Graduation Exercises, The University of Chicago, June 6, 1959.

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America, Volumes 1 and 2 [English Edition]. Edited by Eduardo Nolla. Translated by James T. Schleifer. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2012.

Wende, Marijk van der. “The Emergence of Liberal Arts and Sciences Education in Europe: A Comparative Perspective.” Higher Education Policy (2011): 233-253.