Pioneering Education Reformer Elizabeth Peabody on the True Object of Study

The pleasure of meeting the mind at the edge of its aptitude.

“Your true educators and cultivators will reveal to you the original sense and basic stuff of your being,” Nietzsche wrote in reflecting on the true value of education. Two generations earlier, another visionary thinker — the education reformer Elizabeth Peabody (May 16, 1804–January 3, 1894), who coined the term “Transcendentalism” — distilled the essence of how we liberate and elevate ourselves through studies...

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