HNRS190: Why Honors?

Dr. Bradley in his office at McDaniel

Dr. Bradley in his office at McDaniel. Photo by Steven Hardy, used with permission by the photographer

Ever since Socrates’ dictum, “The unexamined life is not worth living,” those of us in higher education have assumed that education is an intrinsic good. Being educated is generally held to be, if not a moral imperative, morally preferable to being uneducated. But why?

 

Is education an intrinsic good, or is it to be valued only in the context of some other good, such as the need for an informed electorate? Is an educated person a more moral or virtuous person than an uneducated person? Are the liberally educated somehow better people than the technically educated? Are those who grapple with the ‘enduring questions’ better equipped to adapt to the complexities of modern life than those with a technical, vocational education?

In this class, taught by Honors Director Dr. Bradley, you’ll be prepare to be a great Honors Peer Mentor in Fall 2019 by addressing these questions through direct experience with some of the ‘great works’ of the western intellectual tradition. By the end of the semester, it is our hope that you better understand the academic environment, its reason for being, and the rights and responsibilities of a scholar.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.