ItemLouise Cowan Believes(2012-03-24T00:00:00-07:00) Cowan, LouiseLouise Cowan believes 1. There is a body of â classic textsâ that constitute a necessary knowledge for members of Western civilization. 2. These texts interact with--and welcome--sufficiently qualified new texts. 3. Underlying these texts is an oral tradition that sustains the unconscious life of a people. 4. A culture is formed by all the public virtuesâ both written and oral--cohering to form a cosmos and a code. 5. Poetry is the foundation of this conscious and unconscious cosmos in which people live. 6. Two kinds of learning exist: the first with the purpose of transmitting a sense of this unconstitute cosmos in which oneâ s world exists; the purpose of the second is to constitute a self. The two make up a liberal education. 7. All young people should be given a liberal education.