The Soul of a Nation: educating in America

The Soul of a Nation: America as a Tradition of Inquiry and Nationhood

In light of the widespread agitation on college and university campuses, I thought it worthwhile to share these few lines from The Soul of a Nation: America as a Tradition of Inquiry and Nationhood, (Pickwick, 2015).

Our campuses were once – and not too long ago – the crown of our American civilization: we believed that they were not places merely for the privileged few, even as we recognize that living a part of one’s young adulthood in living the intellectual life – in pursuit of the beautiful, the true, and the good – was a great privilege, indeed.

We understood that, even if university is not “for” everyone, the kind of society we wanted to be could not long survive without a major national commitment to keeping spaces open for and dedicated to the unfettered and undistracted exploration of the arts and sciences, in which cogency…

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