Idealism and Liberal Education

Idealism and Liberal Education

by James O. Freedman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472106929

ISBN-13: 9780472106929

Pub. Date: 03/01/1996

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472106929
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
03/01/1996
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.43(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Life and Letters
Becoming an Educator9
The Joys of Collecting Books31
A Dukedom Large Enough43
Presidential Prose49
The Stillness and the Courage51
2Content and Character in Liberal Education
The Teaching of Values in a Liberal Education55
The Promise of Equality61
The Organization of Knowledge69
Science and Liberal Learning77
Liberal Education and the Legal Profession81
The Lessons of the Law93
The Professor's Life99
3Models for Shaping a Life
Public Selves, Private Selves105
The Power of Idealism111
The Value of Intellectuals115
Insiders and Outsiders119
Thurgood Marshall: Man of Character129
The Capacity of Imagination145
Originals and Copies149
Those Who Are Truly Great155
Ordinary Backgrounds, Extraordinary Men161
Essayists and Solitude167
Index173

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