Who says "it's important for educated people to know particular things"? Got a cite/quote?
January 31, 2007 7:01 AM Subscribe
I am looking for a writer or thinker (to cite in a paper) who said something good about "There are things that every educated person should know." I know that this is a popular idea, so I'm most focused on enlightenment and later thinkers. It doesn't have to be the first person to argue for some set of competencies / knowledge, and it is not terribly important exactly what's in the set (but if you know, or if there's a quote, please include it). Any ideas?
posted by zpousman to religion & philosophy (14 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Note: I am not looking for *the set* of things that educated people should know. That's not helpful to my argument. I just need a nice citation for a claim that being generally knowledgeable in the world (and up-to-date on events and cultural movements) is, well, good.
Note also: I say "every person" in my question, but it's fine if the thinker restricted himself to "all men" or some such. I don't mind the historical misogyny.