August 23, 2013
BUT AREN'T WE NEARING THE POINT...:Liberal Education, Leisurism, and Technologism (Peter Lawler, August 22, 2013, Big Think)
The objections we have to liberal education as contemplation are practical objections we have to the classical philosophy of the Greeks and Romans. One is its privileging of contemplation made ancient science unproductive or sterile. There was not enough thought given to directing minds toward technological goals, toward using them to improving the security, comfort, and freedom of ordinary people.
There is, of course, truth to this criticism, but it's easy to see that we've gone from one extreme to the other.
We might be said to have moved from leisurism to technologism, to the view that equates knowledge with technological control and that every human problem has a technological solution. The Greeks and Romans might have underestimated or downplayed how much human beings could improve their situation through their own efforts, but our excess is to put too much faith in techno-perfectibility.
...where technology has made the contemplative life universally accessible? Which raises the question of whether our liberal education institutions are the best fora for such contemplation.
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 23, 2013 12:34 AM