I've been "off again" reading The Liberal Arts Tradition by Kevin Clark and Ravi Scott Jain in my "on again-off again" reading. But when my reading was "on again," I marked it heavily. It is so very good. I wanted to share this quote from quite a while ago because it is my goal (for the third week in a row) to finish the book this week.
Musical education is soul-craft: carried out properly it tunes the soul, and makes one receptive to truth and goodness ... At the very source of the classical education tradition, then, we find the formative and foundational importance of a properly tuned soul.Then, they go on to expound upon The Abolition of Man by Lewis:
Lewis's argument unfolds something like this: 1) judgements about the good (ethics) and the beautiful (aesthetics) are not merely descriptions of one's personal feelings, but objective responses to reality; 2) the ability to make these judgements is not something we learn the way we learn things such as math or science, but is a function of the intuition and imagination; 3) these judgements are nevertheless reasonable because value judgements and even reason itself are upheld by the intuition and imagination; 4) the imagination and intuition are enculturated, that is, formed throug the process Plato referred to as musical education. (pg 27, emphasis mine)What are you reading?