It’s got something to do with liberals, it must be bad…

Liberal Arts, of course, which by its nature must be wrong since it is “liberal” and has something to do with the elitist “arts”.

Wow, isn’t the USA getting really fucked up in its politics such that certain words get such a reaction!

This is especially true since  the liberal arts denoted the education proper to a free person during Roman times  (From Latin: liber, “free”). The “liberal arts” or “liberal pursuits” (Latin liberalia studia) was the description used for formal education during the Roman Empire; for example, Seneca the Younger discusses liberal arts in education from a critical Stoic point of view in his Moral Epistle 88. The subjects that would become the standard “Liberal Arts” in Roman and Medieval times already comprised the basic curriculum in the enkuklios paideia or “education in a circle” of late Classical and Hellenistic Greece.

The “Arts” being contemplated here encompasses a host of disciplines, as evidenced by the range of words and phrases which have been invented to describe its various forms. Examples of such phraseology include: Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Visual Arts, Decorative Arts, Applied Arts, Design, Crafts, Performing Arts, and so on. SImply put, the arts are imaginative, creative, and nonscientific branches of knowledge considered collectively especially when studied as an academic discipline.

The term liberal arts denotes a curriculum that imparts general knowledge and develops the student’s rational thought and intellectual capabilities, unlike the professional, vocational and technical curricula emphasizing specialization: In other words, a classical education.

Or maybe it’s the imparting of general knowledge and develops the student’s rational thought and intellectual capabilities that makes the “Liberal Arts” frightening to the conservative mind.


Posted 03/09/2010 by lacithedog in dumbed-down citizens

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