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.