Stanford philosophers working with recovering addicts

The award-winning Hope House Scholars Program began in 2001 after Stanford Professors Debra Satz (philosophy) and Rob Reich (political science and philosophy) were inspired by an article about the Clemente Course in the Humanities – a program that offers free humanities courses to the economically distressed.

The Clemente Course was founded in 1995 by social critic Earl Shorris on the premise that skills learned in a liberal arts curriculum, such as critical thinking and cultural awareness, could give the poor and uneducated the tools to more fully participate in society, which would in turn enable them to better their own lives.

Satz, whose research centers on political philosophy, sees a humanities education as an equalizing force between citizens of different economic classes. As Satz describes it on the Hope House Scholars webpage, “a liberal education is to learn about freedom,” the “democratic birthright of all Americans.”

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  1. Fantastic! It’s sadly logical that predatory capitalism has little use for the liberal arts; but the human race needs the humanities and social sciences now more than ever for the quality of life for individuals and groups and a better prospect for the survival of our species.

    With the commodification of education and information, a lot of people do not have the opportunity to find out how intelligent they are and to see the value of education as a part of becoming, rather than a rite of passage to make a person with a degree a valuable commodity for trade. Sadly enough, a lot of people with college degrees don’t see education as a part of living and a catalyst for changew.

    This program is a priceless gift.

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