Publication Date

1993

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Other Social and Behavioral Sciences | Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

Abstract

The key to education is “learning how to learn.” We must first stand on the shoulders of the giants who preceded us before we can reach far enough to loose their embrace. A liberal arts education is to be liberating. But as Irving Babbitt noted, commenting on Edmund Burke, the basis of genuine liberty is an act of subordination or humility. We tend to mistake the part for the whole and exalt our partial discoveries into idols.