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

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. This book enriches those resources by proposing fresh ways to think about liberal learning with ideas more suited to our times. It does so by defining basic values of modernity and then considering curricular principles pertinent to them. The principles the book favors are powers of the mind—disciplines understood as fields of study defined not by subject matter but by their emb ... More

Keywords: financial pressures, universities, liberal education, liberal learning, modernity, curricular principles, intellectual capacities, University of Chicago, liberal arts, educational leadership

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226475530
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226475783.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald N. Levine, author