Louise Cowan believes
1. There is a body of “classic texts” that constitute a necessary knowledge for members of Western civilization.
2. These texts interact with--and welcome--sufficiently qualified new texts.
3. Underlying these texts is an oral tradition that sustains the unconscious life of a people.
4. A culture is formed by all the public virtues—both written and oral--cohering to form a cosmos and a code.
5. Poetry is the foundation of this conscious and unconscious cosmos in which people live.
6. Two kinds of learning exist: the first with the purpose of transmitting a sense of this unconstitute cosmos in which one’s world exists; the purpose of the second is to constitute a self. The two make up a liberal education.
7. All young people should be given a liberal education.
Cowan, Louise, "Louise Cowan Believes" (2012). Biographical. 1.