Argument & the Liberal Arts

In looking for something else a few days ago, I came across this discussion by Joseph Kugelmass (at the wittily named Kugelmass Episodes weblog) & thought I'd make note of it here. It's a response to some passages in Michael Bérubé's What's Liberal about the Liberal Arts? that honors Bérubé while disagreeing with him. I think Kugelmass is right to think that "argument for the sake of argument," while an admirable goal in many ways, is not a goal shared by everyone who enters a classroom.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.