Louise Cowan Believes

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2012-03-24T00:00:00-07:00
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Louise 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.
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