The Voice of Liberal Learning

The Voice of Liberal Learning By when Michael Oakeshott s Voice of Liberal Learning was first published by Yale University Press books that held a negative view of education in the United States such as Allan Bloom s The C

  • Title: The Voice of Liberal Learning
  • Author: Michael Oakeshott Timothy Fuller
  • ISBN: 9780865973237
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Hardcover
  • By 1989, when Michael Oakeshott s Voice of Liberal Learning was first published by Yale University Press, books that held a negative view of education in the United States, such as Allan Bloom s The Closing of the American Mind and E D Hirsch s Cultural Literacy, had garnered a remarkable amount of attention There have been countless lamentations about the state of scBy 1989, when Michael Oakeshott s Voice of Liberal Learning was first published by Yale University Press, books that held a negative view of education in the United States, such as Allan Bloom s The Closing of the American Mind and E D Hirsch s Cultural Literacy, had garnered a remarkable amount of attention There have been countless lamentations about the state of schooling in America in recent years, and there have been countless recommendations toward what is invariably called educational reform To those weary and wary of the cacophony about what s wrong with education in America and what ought to be done about it, Oakeshott s voice beckons As usual, his approach to the subject is subtle, comprehensive, and radical in the sense of summoning readers to the root of the matter That root, Oakeshott believed, is the very nature of learning itself and, concomitantly, the means as distinct from the method by which the life of learning is discovered, cultivated, and pursued As Oakeshott has written, This, then, is what we are concerned with adventures in human self understanding Not the bare protestation that a human being is a self conscious, reflective intelligence and that he does not live by bread alone, but the actual enquiries, utterances, and actions in which human beings have expressed their understanding of the human condition This is the stuff of what has come to be called a liberal education liberal because it is liberated from the distracting business of satisfying contingent wants Liberty Fund s new edition of The Voice of Liberal Learning includes a foreword by Timothy Fuller that reiterates the timelessness of Oakeshott s reflections amid the continuing clamor that characterizes discourse about liberal education.Michael Oakeshott 1901 1990 was Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge He was the author of many works, including Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays, On History and Other Essays, and Hobbes on Civil Association, all of which are published by Liberty Fund.

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    1. I didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. Oakeshott and I share few prejudices, but it is impossible not to respect the rigour of his argument and the tenacity of his principles.This is a challenging book on the nature of a liberal education. The first two essays are the strongest. "A Place of Learning" is powerful because it roots Oakeshott's ideas about liberal learning in a sophisticated theory of human agency. He rejects reductive accounts of the mind, and makes a strong case [...]

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