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With refreshing eloquence, James O. Freedman sets down the American ideals that have informed his life as an intellectual, a law professor, and a college and university president. He examines the content and character of liberal education, discusses the importance of letters and learning in forming his own life and values, and explores how the lessons and the habits of mind instilled by a liberal education can give direction and meaning to one's life. He offers a stirring defense of affirmative action in higher education. And he describes how, in the midst of undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, liberal education helped him in the most human of desires - the yearning to make order and sense out of his experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472086702
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 1/19/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Life and Letters
Becoming an Educator 9
The Joys of Collecting Books 31
A Dukedom Large Enough 43
Presidential Prose 49
The Stillness and the Courage 51
2 Content and Character in Liberal Education
The Teaching of Values in a Liberal Education 55
The Promise of Equality 61
The Organization of Knowledge 69
Science and Liberal Learning 77
Liberal Education and the Legal Profession 81
The Lessons of the Law 93
The Professor's Life 99
3 Models for Shaping a Life
Public Selves, Private Selves 105
The Power of Idealism 111
The Value of Intellectuals 115
Insiders and Outsiders 119
Thurgood Marshall: Man of Character 129
The Capacity of Imagination 145
Originals and Copies 149
Those Who Are Truly Great 155
Ordinary Backgrounds, Extraordinary Men 161
Essayists and Solitude 167
Index 173
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