Kant and the Liberal Arts: A Defense

Journal of Aesthetic Education 49 (3):1-14 (2015)
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Immanuel Kant, true to the Enlightenment milieu of which he was a part, believes education to have a necessary and formative role advancing human beings toward our moral vocation. While he may not have written extensively on the topic of education directly, what he does say makes it unmistakable that it has a central role to play in practical life. The need for education is, first, distinctive for us: “The human being is the only creature that must be educated.”1 Second, the need for education is ineliminable for becoming what we ought to be: “The human being can only become human through education”. Education, Kant argues, cultivates our native predispositions in order to contribute to the..

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