An Philosophical Study On The Whole Person Essay

1122 Words Sep 14th, 2016 5 Pages
This philosophical study will a argue in favor of the “whole person”” theory of higher education in Delbanco’s and Socrates argument on the importance of self-examination in the modern collegiate education. Delbanco argues that the idea of the “whole person” arises from gaining experience in higher education, which is defined through a standard liberal arts education. Currently, the extremely high cost of education has made it very difficult for many Americans to get a liberal education, which often makes college appear to counterintuitive in terms of a professional career:
One of the difficulties in making the case for liberal education against the rising tide of skepticism is that it is almost impossible to persuade doubters who have not experienced it for themselves” (Delbanco para.11).
Unfortunately, the high cost of education has had negative perceptions of higher education as being “unprofitable” for middle and lower class citizens; so many students do not see the benefit of reading, writing, culture, and other aspects of liberal education as a thing of “value.” However, uneducated citizens tend to lack critical thinking skills, abstract thinking, and a framework in which to understand their own identity in the world. In this manner, the liberal education is part of a larger picture of the philosophical, cultural, and literary aspects of education that provide a foundation for understanding the self, which goes beyond using college as a platform for a career in the…

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