Love of Learning: Recovering the Liberal Arts Tradition for All
Regardless of your own educational background, this book will show you how to be both a learner and an educator in any circumstance. It will challenge you to think about what is needed to help us in this life-long quest for liberal learning, which is the only kind of education for people whose lives are characterized by a love of freedom and deep sense of purpose.
Margarita Mooney, Ph.D.
Founder & Executive Director, Scala Foundation
Princeton Theological Seminary
Robert P. George, Ph.D.
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence. Professor of Politics. Director, James Madison Program.
Carlo Lancellotti, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics
College of Staten Island & City University of New York
Elizabeth Corey, Ph.D.
Director of the Baylor Honors Program and Associate Professor of Political Science
Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D.
Director of McGrath Theology Online and Associate Professor of Theology
University of Notre Dame
George Harne, Ph.D.
Executive Dean for the School of Arts and Sciences
University of St. Thomas Houston
What Scholars & Leaders are Saying
As a long-time advocate and practitioner of liberal arts education, I believe that liberal learning is in essence about cultivating a conversation with the great books and with other learners. Presented as a series of pedagogical dialogues between scholars, this book is not merely a conversation about the liberal arts, it exemplifies the liberal arts as conversation. The book’s study questions and guides for further reading will be useful to students and educators at all levels as well as life-long learners of many backgrounds.
— James B. Murphy, Ph.D., Professor of Government, Dartmouth College
In response to our polarized era, Dr. Mooney leads us through a series of foundational debates about the human condition, which frame the importance of a liberal arts education in new ways. To be clear, these are debates, and the civil, erudite discussions outlined in The Love of Learning, provide us with the comforting sense that we can, indeed, deliberate these issues intelligently and in good faith.
— Pete Peterson, Dean, Pepperdine School of Public Policy
A deeply encouraging and accessible book that explains why the liberal arts are vitally central to genuine education, and why studying them is not only invaluable, but fun!
— Eric Metaxas, #1 New York Times bestselling author and host of the nationally syndicated Eric Metaxas Radio Show
Two of the most important things in life are never ceasing to learn and finding out how to pass on to others the most important things you’ve learned. Through highly engaging dialogues with some of our age’s best teachers, Margarita Mooney’s new book inspires and informs us how to do both with enthusiasm and effectiveness.
— Father Roger J. Landry, Catholic Priest and Author
The impediments to a liberating education in our day and age are many, but Margarita Mooney has recast our challenges as tremendous opportunities for a revival of a genuinely humanizing education. The Love of Learning: Restoring the Liberal Arts Tradition is not merely a case for restoration, it is a deeply enriching exemplification of what such a restoration looks like. Through engaging dialogue and serious and civil reflections on timely and timeless questions, Mooney and her impressive collection of collaborators provide a rich and lasting feast for those involved already in the work of reviving liberal education, as well as an appealing invitation for all others to join us in such efforts.
— Jonathan J. Sanford, Ph.D., Provost and Professor of Philosophy, the University of Dallas
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Pete Peterson and the Pepperdine School of Public Policy
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