Liberal arts form the basis for living

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West Des Moines, IA

#1 Jun 24, 2013
It would seem odd if a person bought a Rodin or Brancusi sculpture to use as a doorstop. Yet our pundits consistently promote the liberal arts — the activities that characterize a free person — only as implements for work or material success. They claim to promote science (knowing things according to their causes), but what they mean is technology (using science to make or manipulate things).

Business and technology are valid pursuits, but they are only a means to survive, to dispose us for living. To make a life of business or technology is like spending a lifetime pouring a foundation. A genuine education is based on the liberal arts and sciences because those are what a fulfilling human life is.

To reduce the liberal arts to mere “mind training” is to miss the point. Weiss’s liberal arts recommendations are a slapdash approach at best. It cannot be effective without several units of history, literature, languages, philosophy, and math.

Donald Novak


West Des Moines, IA

#2 Jun 24, 2013
stupid rethuglicans only care about money
1776 Defender

Ankeny, IA

#3 Jun 25, 2013
iowan wrote:
stupid rethuglicans only care about money
I love money, I don't love art......

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