Call for Papers: Special Issue of Philosophy in the Contemporary World


Topic: The Future of Liberal Arts Education


The future of liberal arts education is a highly contested matter. Some argue that the liberal arts are more important than ever, while others say that they will soon fade away.  Many argue that a liberal arts education must be reformed; others say that it retains its intrinsic value despite calls for more relevance for professional careers. This issue of the journal, Philosophy in the Contemporary World, intends to focus philosophical clarity and creativity on this broad topic.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of possible topics:

            Liberal arts education and professional education

            How do we assess liberal arts education?

            Philosophy’s role in liberal arts education

            Liberal arts education and the meaning of life

            What are the liberal arts?

            Liberal arts education and the natural sciences

Intrinsic vs. instrumental value of liberal arts education

Liberal arts education and accreditation

Liberal arts education and on-line education

Uses of a liberal arts education

Liberal arts education and the culture wars

What can history tell us about the future of liberal arts education?

Liberal arts education in a pluralistic world

Liberal arts education and consumer culture

Liberal arts education and technology

Deadline of submission:
30 April 2010

Submissions and queries:
Guest Editor: Peter J. Mehl, Professor of Philosophy & Religion, Associate Dean of Liberal Arts, University of Central Arkansas
Electronic submissions are required.   
Send manuscripts as email attachment (in Word or rtf format) to the Editor at:

Preparation of Manuscripts: Manuscripts should be prepared for anonymous review and should be accompanied by a short abstract. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, with endnotes and a list of works cited following the text. Word count should be 3,000-5,000 words. Explanatory notes should be used sparingly; citations should be made in parentheses (author date). On matters of style and documentation consult Chicago Manual of Style and recent issues of the journal.

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