Powers of the Mind: The Reinvention of Liberal Learning in America

Powers of the Mind: The Reinvention of Liberal Learning in America

by Donald N. Levine

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Powers of the Mind: The Reinvention of Liberal Learning in America by Donald N. Levine

It is one thing to lament the financial pressures put on universities, quite another to face up to the poverty of resources for thinking about what universities should do when they purport to offer a liberal education. In Powers of the Mind, former University of Chicago dean Donald N. Levine enriches those resources by proposing fresh ways to think about liberal learning with ideas more suited to our times. 

He does so by defining basic values of modernity and then considering curricular principles pertinent to them. The principles he favors are powers of the mind—disciplines understood as fields of study defined not by subject matter but by their embodiment of distinct intellectual capacities. To illustrate, Levine draws on his own lifetime of teaching and educational leadership, while providing a marvelous summary of exemplary educational thinkers at the University of Chicago who continue to inspire.  Out of this vital tradition, Powers of the Mind constructs a paradigm for liberal arts today, inclusive of all perspectives and applicable to all settings in the modern world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226475783
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 09/15/2008
Series: Nature of Human Society Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 813 KB

About the Author

Donald N. Levine is the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, where he served as dean of the College from 1982 to 1987. He is the author of several books, including Visions of the Sociological Tradition,The Flight from Ambiguity, and Wax and Gold: Tradition and Innovation in Ethiopian Culture.

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