Education and the Democratic Ideal
Imprint: Resource Publications
Steven M. Cahn is Professor of Philosophy at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. Among the seven books he has authored are Fate, Logic, and Time; Saints and Scamps: Ethics in Academia, Revised Edition; and Puzzles & Perplexities: Collected Essays. Among the twenty-two books he has edited are Classics of Western Philosophy, Sixth Edition; Classics of Political and Moral Philosophy; Classic and Contemporary Readings in the Philosophy of Education; Exploring philosophy, An Introductory Anthology; The Affirmative Action Debate; and Philosophy for the 21st. Century: A Comprehensive Reader.
"Steven M. Cahn has succeeded in articulating a defense of a particularly valuable conception of higher education in the liberal arts. He presents acute logical analyses in a clear, readable style. In particular, his critique of a too facile concern with 'relevance,' his insistence on the importance of standards and, above all, his account of the importance of liberal arts education to democracy should be read by educators and policymakers alike. Even those who ultimately reject Cahn's position surely would profit from having to wrestle with his arguments."
ROBERT L. SIMON
Professor of Philosophy, Hamilton College
Clinton, New York
"Education and the Democratic Ideal is a closely reasoned study of grading, assignments, examinations, and other tactical issues. Because of this it is a real departure from most discussion of university education, and the more to be valued."
National Endowment for the Humanities