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  •  great idea (none)
    i am a college sophomore, in the honors program at a medium sized jesuit institution. i have been challenged by the profs ive had to read plato, aristotle, marcus aurelius, gilgamesh, caesar, and cicero, and that was just in one semester. it was hard, but i learned a lot more about how to think and how to weigh evidence from the paper topics like "what caused the fall of the roman empire?" than i might if i was asked to rephrase gibbon's thesis or something like that. primary sources are a great way to go. certainly reading secondary sources helps in the analysis, especially of literature, but a liberal arts education should be about learning to think, not gaining knowledge.

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