The Normative Ideals of a Free People
The previous chapter showed that three subjects need to be made primary in education: (1) the cultivation of radically empirical sensitivity; (2) the formal imageless thinking of abstract grammar, symbolic logic, mathematics, mathematical physics and the constructs of Western contractual legal science; and (3) analytically precise normative philosophy, especially that of contractual legal and political science, together with its major medieval religious and secular contemporary rivals.
Art provides the emotively moving and persuasive factor that is a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition for making contractual democracy work. It is also required if modern-minded free men are not to create a commercially cheap and aesthetically vulgar world. But even more important, the cultivation of aesthetic sensitivity will convey a cognitive truth which is immediately evident to all human beings everywhere.
Its truth-telling importance arises because it is the immediately experienced, emotively felt, aesthetically moving and consciously vivid component of oneself and nature which is the denotative reference for verifying directly the truth of all propositions whose cognitive concepts in Part I were called concepts by intuition, i.e., concepts that refer to emotively felt aesthetically immediate experience