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If it is true that the ability to be puzzled is the beginnning of wisdom, then this truth is a sad commentary on the wisdom of medern man. Whatever the merits of our high degree of literary and universal education, we have lost the gift for being puzzled.

What does the 'literary' above mean? Bookish?
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I don't quite know.

It may mean
education by books
education by/about literature
Hi,

I wonder if the intended word is 'literacy'?

Clive
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CliveHi,

I wonder if the intended word is 'literacy'?

Clive
I checked the book, but it was 'literary,' Clive.
I think that it refers to education by books.
TakaIf it is true that the ability to be puzzled is the beginnning of wisdom, then this truth is a sad commentary on the wisdom of medern man. Whatever the merits of our high degree of literary and universal education, we have lost the gift for being puzzled.

What does the 'literary' above mean? Bookish?
It sounds more like human intelligence.

BTW, what's "medern man"?
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It should be "modern man".
If we switch the two adjectives, 'literary' and 'universal', would the sentence be clearer?

.... our high degree of universal and literary education

literary (adj) :
  1. Of, relating to, or dealing with literature : literary criticism.
  2. Of or relating to writers or the profession of : literary circles.
  3. Versed in or fond of literature or learning.
    1. Appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing.
    2. Bookish; pedantic.
Best Regards,
Hoa Thai
Hi Hoa,

I am unable to understand the relation between universal and literary. Can you please clarify what do you mean by universal?
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