Robert George & Cornel West on the Purpose of Liberal Arts Education

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Princeton Professors Robert P. George and Cornel West joined AEI for a conversation, moderated by AEI’s Ramesh Ponnuru, seeking to answer one question: What is the purpose of a liberal arts education? Although Dr. George and Dr. West come from different political and personal backgrounds, they agreed on the answer. By making accessible the ideas posed by great thinkers throughout history, a liberal arts education empowers students to live examined lives. Without this examination, to quote Plato’s “Apology,” “life is not worth living.”

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