The School of Freedom: A Liberal Education Reader from Plato to Be Present Day

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Liberal education is not a theory. It is the tradition by which Western civilisation has preserved and enriched its inheritance for two and a half thousand years. Yet liberal education is a term that has fallen from use in Britain, its traditional meaning now freely confused with its opposite. This book is intended to correct that misapprehension, through the presentation of original source material from the high points in the liberal education tradition with particular focus on the British experience. Section 1: Origins (c. 450 BC to c. 450 AD) Section 2: The British Tradition (c. 750 to 1950) Section 3: After Tradition (1950 onward) Section 4: Liberal Education Redux (America)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Forewordp. 1
Introductionp. 5
Greece: $$ (Paideia)p. 31
Cimon of Athens [Stesimbrotos of Thasos (c. 450 BC)]p. 31
Isocrates, Panegyricus (c. 380 BC)p. 32
Plato, Protagoras; The Republic; Laws (427-347 BC)p. 33
Aristotle, Metaphysics; Nicomachean Ethics; Politics (384-322 BC)p. 49
Rome: Humanitasp. 55
Cicero, De Oratore; Tusculanæ Disputationes; Pro Archia Poeta; De Officiis (106-43 BC)p. 55
Seneca, Epistulæ Morales Ad Lucilium; De Otio (4 BC-AD 65)p. 62
Quintilian, Institution Oratoria (AD 35-100)p. 66
Christianity: $$ (Logos)p. 69
St. Jerome, Letter to Eustochium (AD 384)p. 70
St. Augustine of Hippo, De Magistro; Confessiones; De Doctrina Christiana; Retractationes (AD 354-430)p. 72
The British Tradition
Against the Darknessp. 83
The Anglo-Saxon Chroniclep. 84
Alcuin, Letters, poems and Problems (735-804)p. 84
Alfred the Great, Annals of the Reign of Alfred the Great; Introduction to Gregory the Great's Pastoral Care; Translations of Boethius' Consolations of Philosophy (849-899) Ælfric, Preface to his Grammar (c. 955-1010)p. 93
Twelfth-century Revivalp. 99
John of Salisbury, Metalogicon (c. 1115-1176)p. 100
St. Thomas Aquinas, Quæstiones Disputatæ De Veritate (c. 1225-1274)p. 103
New Learning: The Renaissance Humanistsp. 107
John Colet, Statuta Paulinæ Scholæ (1512)p. 108
Richard Pace, De Fructu Qui Ex Doctrina Percipitur (1517)p. 109
St. Thomas More, Letters (1512-21)p. 110
Roger Ascham, Letter to Sturm; The Scholemaster (1550; 1570)p. 116
Henry Parker, Lord Morley, 'Tryumphe of Fame' (1554)p. 119
George Buchanan, 'Genethliacon Jacobi Principis Scotorum' (1566)p. 120
Persistence through Englightenment, Romanticism and Industrialisationp. 123
Samuel Johnson, Scheme for the Classes of a Grammar School; 'The Vision of Theodore' (c. 1736; 1748)p. 124
David Hume, 'Of the Standard of Taste' (1757)p. 126
Adam Smith, An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776)p. 133
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria (1817)p. 134
Restating the Ideal: Diligence and Devotionp. 139
Cardinal Newman, Discourses 5 and 6, The Idea of a University (1852-1858; 1873)p. 140
Thomas Carlyle, Inaugural Address delivered to the University of Edinburgh (1866)p. 144
John Stuart Mill, Inaugural Address delivered to the University of St. Andrews (1867)p. 149
John Ruskin, 'Of King's Treasuries'; 'Traffic'; 'Of Wisdom and Folly in Art' (1865; 1866; 1872)p. 156
A Challenge from Sciencep. 163
TH Huxley, 'Science and Culture' (1880-1881)p. 163
Matthew Arnold, 'Literature and Science' (1882)p. 168
The Twentieth Century: Liberal Education for Allp. 177
RH Tawney, 'An Experiment in Democratic Education' (1914)p. 181
Worth Fighting For: Restatement in and after World War IIp. 189
Sir Richard Livingstone, The Future in Education (1941)p. 189
CS Lewis, The Abolition of Man (1943)p. 190
TS Eliot, The Virgil Society (1943)p. 191
Dorothy L Sayers, The Lost Tools of Learning (1947)p. 191
Losing Battlesp. 195
Sir Winston Churchill, Letter to Sir Vincent Tewson (1953)p. 195
Gilbert Highet, The Migration of Ideas (1954)p. 196
CP Snow and FR Leavis, Two Cultures? (1956-1962)p. 198
GH Bantock, 'Progressivism and the Content of Education' (1975)p. 200
Returning to First Principlesp. 203
Michael Oakeshott, 'A Place of Learning' (1974)p. 203
Anthony O'Hear, 'Education, Value and the Sense of Awe' (1992)p. 227
Liberal Education Redux
Revival in America. From World War I to Christian Classical Schoolingp. 247
American Lessons: Rereading the Great Booksp. 247
Why America? US Exceptionalism versus Models for Britain's Futurep. 253
Indexp. 261
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