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The Mission of Liberal Education

St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland & Santa Fe, New Mexico

St. John's College, Annapolis, website, November 29, 2009:

St. John's College is a community dedicated to liberal education. Such education seeks to free men and women from the tyrannies of unexamined opinions and inherited prejudices. It also endeavors to enable them to make intelligent, free choices concerning the ends and means of both public and private life.

At St. John's, freedom is pursued mainly through thoughtful conversation about great books of the Western tradition. The books that are at the heart of learning at St. John's stand among the original sources of our intellectual tradition. They are timeless and timely; they not only illuminate the persisting questions of human existence, but also have great relevance to contemporary problems. They change our minds, move our hearts, and touch our spirits.

Related vortex: Erasmus
November 29, 2009; edited/updated November 19, 2016

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