At Home in the World: Human Nature, Ecological Thought, and Education after Darwin

At Home in the World: Human Nature, Ecological Thought, and Education after Darwin

by Eilon Schwartz
     
 

ISBN-10: 1438426259

ISBN-13: 9781438426259

Pub. Date: 05/07/2009

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Challenging conventional understanding of human as selfish and competitive at their core, At Home in the World asserts that we have evolved as a profoundly social species, biologically related to the rest of the natural world, and at home on the only planet for which we are adapted to live. Eilon Schwartz traces the history of Darwinism, examining attempts of the

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Challenging conventional understanding of human as selfish and competitive at their core, At Home in the World asserts that we have evolved as a profoundly social species, biologically related to the rest of the natural world, and at home on the only planet for which we are adapted to live. Eilon Schwartz traces the history of Darwinism, examining attempts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to apply Darwin's theories to educational philosophy and analyzing trends since the reemergence of Darwinism toward the end of the twentieth century. Identifying with the Darwinian interpretations of peter Kropotkin, John Dewey, and Mary Midgley, Schwartz argues for a compelling educational philosophy rooted in our best scientific understandings of human nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438426259
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
05/07/2009
Pages:
229
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1 The Making of Darwinism 1

Darwin and the Good in Human Nature

Chapter 2 Nature's Lessons: Applying Evolutionary Theory to Educational Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century 25

From Philosophy of Mature to Educational Philosophy

Spencer's Educational Philosophy

Huxley's Educational Philosophy

Kropotkin's Educational Philosophy

Conclusion

Chapter 3 Dewey's Darwinism: Human Nature and the Interdependence of Life 59

Change and Growth Are the Essential Features of Darwinism

Human Beings Can Only Be Understood as Pan of the Natural World

The Natural and the Social: Dewey's Notion of Habit

Human Beings Are by Nature Social Animals, and Can Only Be Understood Through Their Sociability

Living in the World: Democracy as a Natural Value

Dewey's Darwinian Educational Philosophy

Chapter 4 Mary Midgley and the Ecological Telos 85

Innate Needs

The Teleological Implications of Having Needs

Feminism and Human Nature: A Case Study in Teleological Thinking

On Building a Whole Life

Moral Objectivity and the Reality of Evil

Breaking Down the Is/Ought Dichotomy

A Transcendent Life

Chapter 5 A Darwinian Education 129

The Aims and Purposes of Education: A Darwinian Perspective

Emotions and Reason

Particularism and Universalism

From Nature to Culture: A Darwinian Curriculum

Cultivating Wonder: Educational Didactics

Final Thoughts

Notes 167

Index 207

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