Liberal Arts Tradition

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Ranging from Plato in antiquity to Martha Nussbaum in the present era, the authors of the seventy readings included in The Liberal Arts Tradition present significant and exemplary views addressing liberal arts education over the course of its history, particularly in the United States. Most of the documents are newly translated or no longer available in print. Arranged chronologically, each selection is accompanied by an informative introduction and extensive explanatory notes discussing its place within the liberal arts tradition. Based upon the author's twenty-five years of experience leading seminars concerning the history of liberal education, this collection presents a uniquely comprehensive and salient set of documents, while incorporating the neglected portrayal and discussion of women within the history of the liberal arts.

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Editorial Reviews

Herman Sinaiko
Indispensable both for its historical depth and its broad range of diverse views on the history - and the future - of liberal education.
Phillip Sloan
Essential reading for anyone interested in clarifying the notion of liberal education in the modern university.
Francis C. Oakley
Kimball knows this territory exceedingly well and has succeeded here in bringing together a rich collection of sources, thoughtfully selected and interestingly juxtaposed. A timely and most valuable contribution.
Eva Brann
Absolutely indispensable both to the study and the revival of liberal education. There is nothing like it presently available.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761851325
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 5/13/2010
  • Pages: 522
  • Sales rank: 1,233,778
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce A. Kimball is a historian of education and a professor in the School of Educational Policy and Leadership at Ohio State University. A noted authority on the history of liberal arts education, he has also published extensively on the history of the professions and professional education in the United States.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction: The Disputed Origins Chapter 3 Section I: Debates in Antiquity Chapter 4 Section II: Late Antiquity and Middle Ages: Christian Appropriation, Codification, and Female Imagery Chapter 5 Section III: In the modernus University, 1100s -1500 Chapter 6 Section IV: The Humanist and Collegiate Traditions Chapter 7 Section V: Humanist, Scholastic, and Sectarian Strains in the Colonial College Chapter 8 Section VI: Intellectual and Social Challenges to the College, 1790s-1850s Chapter 9 Section VII: Struggle between the University and the College, 1860s-1900s Chapter 10 Section VIII: Experimentation and Search for Coherence, 1910s-1930s Chapter 11 Section IX: The "Emerging Curricular Blueprint" of the Mid-Twentieth Century Chapter 12 Section X: Approaching the Past in the New Millennium Chapter 13 Glossary of Names Chapter 14 Index

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