Education has changed over time. In becoming more specialised and gaining more training, we have become less educated. Institutions are now focusing on areas outside of traditional education and the development of the human mind. While doing so produces more specialists, it equally produces fewer individuals who can understand the foundations of Western thought, the value of rational discourse, and the need for a liberal education. Whilst it is important to gain the necessary skill sets to specialise in a trade or profession, the foundations of a democratic republic are based upon developing knowledgeable and educated people.
A Liberal Education
In this course, we will delve into the most fundamental aspects of Western philosophy and the Western canon. Then, where this has developed into a level of understanding around the Enlightenment canon and the birth of rational thought, we will extend the studies and time onto alternative paths, including some aspects of Eastern philosophy.