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Liberal arts form the basis for living

RE “HUMANITIES at risk” (Op-ed, June 16):

It would seem odd if a person bought a Rodin or Brancusi sculpture to use as a doorstop. Yet our pundits consistently promote the liberal arts — the activities that characterize a free person — only as implements for work or material success. They claim to promote science (knowing things according to their causes), but what they mean is technology (using science to make or manipulate things).

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