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free and exalted souls

Post #15 • May 19, 2003, 7:15 PM

“There is a sort of education in which parents should train their sons, not as being useful or necessary, but because it is liberal or noble. ... Further, it is clear that children should be instructed in some useful things – for example, in reading and writing – not only for their usefulness, but also because many other sorts of knowledge are acquired through them. With a like view they may be taught drawing, not to prevent their making mistakes in their own pruchases, or in order that they may not be imposed upon in the buying or selling of articles, but perhaps rather becauseit makes them judges of the beauty of the human form.To be always seeking after the useful does not become free and exalted souls.”

Aritsotle, The Politics

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