Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts (Latin: liberalis, free and ars, art or principled practice) can claim to be the oldest programme of higher education in Western history, learned and taught by such decisive figures as Aristotle and Augustine. Even though it has changed considerably over the last two and a half thousand years, it retains its original philosophical mission: to explore and think rigorously about the big questions; questions about life and death, about freedom, and about the search for meaning; in short, to explore the questions ‘why are we here’ and ‘how should we live?


LiberalArts presents some of the most profound and challenging thinking Liberal Arts has to offer. We share events, resources, and thinking drawn from contemporary Liberal Arts Education and over 2500 years of the Liberal Arts tradition.

Original pieces from considered voices.

Thoughts – shorter pieces, free and thoughtful.

Essays – longer pieces, disciplined and educational.

Questions – insightful responses to longstanding questions.

Educational content online and off.

Read – influential writing old and new.

Watch – film and video that inspires.

Listen – voices that educate and engage.

Go – relevant events around the globe.

‘To be a philosopher you need only three things. First, infinite intellectual eros: endless curiosity about everything. Second, the ability to pay attention: to be rapt by what is in front of you without seizing it yourself, the care of concentration […] Third, acceptance of pathlessness (aporia): that there may be no solutions to questions, only the clarification of their statement. Eros, attention, acceptance.’ 

(Rose, 1999, p.42), Paradiso. London: The Menard Press.

The site is currently in development with support from students and graduates of the modern Liberal Arts programme at University of Winchester.

While in development we will be sharing quotes and images.

If you would like to write for LiberalArts or would like to list a relevant event please email

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