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As British universities receive the results of their research assessments, AC Grayling considers what future there is for the idea of a liberal education and laments the demise of the intellectual scholar

By AC Grayling   January 1997

According to Wordsworth the world is too much with us; “getting and spending,” he says, “we lay waste our powers.” He reminds us that we need opportunities for reflection-a place apart, to think and to enquire. One might say that Sunday afternoons offer individuals a prosaic remedy for what Wordsworth laments: a chance to step aside from exigencies to consider the larger matters.

Societies likewise need their places apart, and for the same reasons. The reflective enterprise is not divorced from practicality; it offers a calm space to seek ideas, solve problems and make discoveries. What Sundays are to individuals…

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