Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Fences and Freedom

Charles Homer Haskins (1870-1937), The Rise of Universities (1923; rpt. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1972), pp. 55-56:
Accepting the principle of authority as their starting-point, men did not feel its limitations as we should feel them now. A fence is no obstacle to those who do not desire to go outside, and many barriers that would seem intolerable to a more sceptical age were not felt as barriers by the schoolmen. He is free who feels himself free.

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