In today’s episode, Rick and Sam are joined by Jonathan Marks, professor of political philosophy at Ursinus College, to discuss the case for a liberal education in American universities, focusing on the aim of creating reasonable students and citizens. Drawing on the works and thoughts of John Locke and other enlightenment thinkers, we discuss critical thinking, intellectual and character virtues, civics education, and political engagement. Most importantly, we are reminded to think critically about our own viewpoints, and that we can get along with our fellow citizens even when we disagree.

Our guest today is Jonathan Marks. Professor Marks teaches political philosophy at Ursinus College. He has published on modern and contemporary political philosophy in journals like the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of American Political Science, and the Review of Politics. He is the author of Let’s Be Reasonable: A Conservative Case for Liberal Education and Perfection and Disharmony in the Thought of Jean Jacques Rousseau. He co-edited and contributed to Principle and Prudence in Western Political Thought.

Professor Marks also has written on higher education for InsideHigherEd, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Weekly Standard, and the Wall Street Journal. He is a contributor to the Commentary Magazine blog. He received both his BA and his PhD from the University of Chicago.

Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. 

Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from A Ballad of the West.