Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write

discontent and restlessness will soon develop, unless the individual is doing what he or she, individually, is fitted for. Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What humans can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self-actualization.

Maslow’s 5th basic need

Acquire those things which one can never lose

If I had children I should tell them that in this age one ought to be prepared for everything, for no one can count on the future. And I should add that people should rely on nothing that can be taken away; but try to acquire those things which one can never lose till one ceases to exist: fortitude, energy, knowledge, and prudence.

Alexis De Tocqueville, 1848

Buddhism Contra-Philosophy?

Buddhism contra-philosophy?

As Dominique Side puts it, perhaps one of the ‘most striking things about Buddhism is the way that the Buddha began teaching by talking about … Read more

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, first published 50 years ago, is a classic of African American literature. Exploring the consequences of pervasive racism in 1940’s … Read more

Aristotle’s Cave

God reaches out to create Adam by Michelangelo

Suppose there were men who had always lived underground … but had learned by report and hearsay that there was a divine spirit and power. … Read more

Bleach and 1665

“Supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light,” Mr. Trump said. “And I think you said … Read more

Stride toward freedom

Stride towards freedom. Liberal arts.

Liberal Arts has a long history in the USA. In recent years it has been exercising self-critique on the colour of its canonical literature, and … Read more

What is Life?

What is Life. Liberal Arts. Photo The People’s Choice Award went to Cell to Cell by Mehmet Berkmen and Maria Penil from Massachusetts

Lynn Margulis (1938-2011) was an American biologist and writer who is mostly known for developing the theory of “endosymbiosis” in the 1970s, which had a … Read more

5 Short Reads

5 Short Reads. Liberal Arts Online

5 shorter reads. A reading list that can be enjoyed at anytime and whose brevity belies its depth. For Donald Winnicott, the psyche is not … Read more

The Plague by Albert Camus

Translated from the French by Stuart Gilbert Albert Camus’ La Peste or The Plague, written in 1947 is a fictional account of the sudden arrival … Read more

What is Liberal Arts?

One of the questions we get asked most is “What is Liberal Arts?” closely followed by “What is a Liberal Arts Degree?”. While Liberal Arts … Read more

Lockdown Listening

Liberal Arts Lockdown Listening can be enjoyed entirely alone, with friends and family*, for pure pleasure, deep contemplation, as a soundtrack to accompany melancholy, and/or … Read more

Summer Watching

A Liberal Arts summer watching list for those of you who are joining our BA (Hons) Liberal Arts programme later this year, or still thinking about doing … Read more

Summer Reading

If you are joining our BA (Hons) Liberal Arts programme this year, or still thinking about doing so, then you might want to look over … Read more