Every defense of liberal education in general, and the humanities more specifically, that I can think of makes one or more of the following arguments:
- studying the liberal arts makes you a better citizen
- studying the liberal arts makes you more empathetic and compassionate
- studying the liberal arts teaches you critical-thinking skills
- studying the liberal arts makes you a capable communicator, in speech and writing
- knowledge is good for its own sake
Have I missed anything? Are there any other common defenses that I’m overlooking?
September 25, 2014