Amid unprecedented growth, casualised lecturers, and
administrators concerned with profit, we must pause to ask: What should
be the university’s goal in offering a degree and the student’s aim when
obtaining one? In short, what is the purpose of a university education?
The answers lie at the historical and philosophical heart of Western
education, the Liberal Arts—the theoretical sciences and humanities
aimed at the attainment of wisdom and a critical mind. With their roots
in Classical Greece and their shaping of Europe’s and Australia’s first
universities, we cannot afford to ignore the importance of the Liberal
Arts to the purpose of a university and its contribution to culture and
It is hoped that the book, along with Campion's new blog, Core Conversations
, will be able to make a contribution to the public discourse on where universities in the west are going, and the difference an education grounded in the Liberal Arts can make.
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