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Orators and Philosophers: A History of the Idea of Liberal Education Paperback – January 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0874475142 ISBN-10: 0874475147 Edition: Expanded

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: College Board; Expanded edition (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874475147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874475142
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of those books praised by college professors and used by "educated" people as the standard by which most discussions on the history of liberal arts must begin. Unfortunately, Kimball's writing style is so dry and so grammatically unfocused it is impossible for those not already 100% versed in the history of the Liberal Arts to understand him. (Someone forgot to teach this guy how to compose short sentences let alone how to format a basic paragraph.) This is a perfect example of writing for writing's sake and not for the goal of actually communicating to a large audience. For professors I have no doubt this is a wonderful book. For those of us not yet professors, this book is torture. Books like this scare off students from pursuing the liberal arts. If colleges want to save their programs they need to finder better, more humanistic, source material. Learning about the history of anything should be fun and engaging. Not dull and discouraging. There is a reason why this book is out of print: It fails to communicate to anyone but a very elite group academic historians.
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