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Who Needs a Liberal Arts College?: A Philosophy Of Education (Studies in the History of Philosophy)
Alburey Castell forged the concepts "agency", "activity", and "process" to stake out the claims of person-hood. Carrying such concepts as tools into the field of education, Castell drove a wedge between the humanities and the sciences. As The College of Wooster continues to celebrate national recognition for its role as an outstanding liberal arts...
Alburey Castell forged the concepts "agency", "activity", and "process" to stake out the claims of person-hood. Carrying such concepts as tools into the field of education, Castell drove a wedge between the humanities and the sciences. As The College of Wooster continues to celebrate national recognition for its role as an outstanding liberal arts institution, it is fitting that this edition of Alburey Castell's works has been published to remind us of one of the many fine educators who had a hand in building an institution devoted to the process of lifelong learning. President Howard Lowry, who served the college from 1944 until his death in 1967, outlined his vision for Wooster in the 1945 publication "Adventure in Education." Lowry mapped out a curriculum plan that would allow students to embrace science, social sciences, as well as the humanities. Lowry also held firm to the belief that students should be introduced to religion and philosophy. He wanted students to receive a substantial grounding in ethics that would prepare them for life beyond the classroom. "Wooster seeks a liberal education that will truly liberate our undergraduates for a lifetime's intellectual adventure, one that will help them meet new situations as they arise, one that will allow them to develop harmoniously and independently" (College of Wooster Bulletin Dec. 1, 1945, p. 12). Having faculty who were firmly committed to this vision of liberal arts education was the key to Lowry's success. By the time Lowry sought out Alburey Castell in 1964 to fill the position of Compton Professor of Philosophy the plan outlined in "Adventure in Education" was well underway. The Independent Study Program had been established in 1948, liberal studies courses were being taught, and faculty were encouraged to take research and study leaves so as to embark on their "own adventure" (p. 30).
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