Liberal Education

About our Journal: Editorial Statement

Arts of Liberty is an interdisciplinary, academic journal dedicated to the comprehensive study of liberal education in its speculative, historical, and practical dimensions. 

Speculatively, the journal aspires to recover, deepen, and cultivate an authentic understanding of the kind of education that liberates and perfects human nature.  As such, it seeks contributions that not only deepen our understanding of the liberal arts as arts, but that actually help to accomplish such liberation within the various liberal arts.  Essays, for example, on the role of rhetoric, geometry, or philosophy in liberal education are as welcome as contributions that illuminate some aspect of rhetoric, geometry, or philosophy that is crucial to a liberal education. 

Historically, the journal is interested in contributions which situate or manifest some important aspect or truth central to a liberal education.  These could be reflections on the nature of liberal education as articulated by some significant thinker within the tradition, or a study of some great work of literature, art, or architecture that expresses some important truth about man.  Thus, the journal is not interested in history merely for history’s sake, but for the sake of a deepening understanding of the way in which human beings have been and are liberated through the perfection of their rational nature. 

The journal’s practical goals are twofold.  First, it seeks to be a venue where teachers of the liberal arts can share and receive helpful insights about how to teach the liberal arts in the classroom more successfully.  The journal hopes to become an ever greater resource for rich ideas and relevant material that will make teaching the liberal arts a more rewarding experience both for the teacher and the student.  Second, the journal places great value upon exploring the role of liberal education in contributing to the common good of a political society.  We hold that a free society requires liberally educated citizens.  As such, we are interested in contributions that articulate and explore the relationship between the liberal arts, on the one hand, and authentic law and good citizenship, on the other.