On A Place to Study we study the accomplishments of persons who life experience can inform our capacities for self-formation and liberal learning—good, bad, or simply curious. Study advances through recursive reiteration. Current study redirects, reinforces, and reinterprets the prior study preceding it. Let's present here persons whose achievements actually engage our extended study, doing so not as specialists, but as peers who recurrently enter into thoughtful consideration of the person's life and work. Globally, we all share a history of human life experience that vastly exceeds the capacity of any one of us to sample fully. We glimpse the whole through the vigor with which we share our diversities, each achieved through a unique sampling of the many possibilities.
"The many possibilities...," a long, undifferentiated list of them would quickly be unworkable. To start, let's have three broad categories, which may elicit further subcategories as they fill out.
- Masterworkers—in which we study how and with what results gifted persons have formed and activated demanding visions of excellence for themselves in their chosen fields of activity.
- Exemplars—in which we study how exemplars work, not through imitation by our public selves, but as chosen presences with whom one inwardly communes, whose thoughts, experience, and fates one examines with curiosity, respect, and honesty in the course of framing one's own.
- Hidden lives—in which we study how the public good and personal fulfillment depend significantly on unhistoric acts by ordinary persons in the mundane flow of human activity, needful, like the efforts of the great, of all possible recognition and facilitation.