Personal Learning and Growth in University

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Personal Learning and Growth in University
One of the best explanations of what a university is for was given by a man who never saw a university as we understand it—Socrates, the leading philosopher of ancient Greece, and perhaps the most important progenitor of the Western intellectual tradition. As Soccio (2009) explains, one of Socrates’ most famous aphorisms was, “The unexamined life is not worth living: (p. 102). Soccio argues that leading an examined life means exercising three faculties: “consciousness, the capacity to reason, and the ability to reflect” (p. 102). The chief purpose of philosophy, according to Socrates, was to develop these three faculties; even today, although the Socratic model of one-on-one education has long ago...
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