Revive our cultural memory and ask the big questions14 June 2018
Dr Stephen McInerney writes:
The right to free inquiry stems from a long tradition
From the ancient Greeks on, Western civilisation is dialectical.
Whether it is republicanism versus imperialism in Rome, the meaning of the prophets and the law in 1st century Jerusalem in light of the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth and Paul of Tarsus, the conflicts during the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation, the roles of reason and emotion in moral actions, or the nature of human rights in Thomas Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft and W.E.B. Du Bois, the Western canon is revealed through disagreement and constant re-evaluation.
What Australian students in the humanities desperately need is a restoration of cultural memory
For the full article see The Australian, Australia by Stephen McInerney
13 Jun 2018