Speaking of Teaching: Lessons from History

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"Speaking of Teaching: Lessons from History focuses on teaching as a fundamental act of all human beings, viewing the question of teaching through the lens of five famous thinkers and two contemporary problems. Moran argues that teaching is not given the attention that it deserves and proposes to situate school teaching in the context of many forms of teaching." This book traces the history of the idea of teaching from Socrates to Wittgenstein. It also examines the intricacies of teaching morality and religion, showcasing society's ambivalence toward teaching.
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Editorial Reviews

Graham Rossiter
As usual, Gabriel Moran has brought an extraordinary panoramic perspective to bear on the study of teaching. Since the words 'learning' and 'learner' have become almost idolized in educational discourse, it is more than timely for a thoughtful treatise exploring what it means to teach in the light of great historical writings related to the topic. An excellent follow-up to Showing How: The Act of Teaching (1997), it not only clarifies the notion of teaching, it sows the seeds for many important practical implications for teaching in various contexts.
Robert Jackson
Moran's important book engages ideas of great educational commentators—from Plato to Wittgenstein—to draw the reader into an exploration of teaching. The wide-ranging discussion focuses in two central chapters on the question as to whether morality and religion can be taught. This is an excellent book by a remarkable educator, whose wisdom, knowledge, and insight permeate the whole text.
Jonathan Zimmerman
Speaking of Teaching is clear, well-written, original, and refreshingly ambitious.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739128398
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 9/18/2008
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gabriel Moran is professor emeritus of educational philosophy at New York University.

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Table of Contents

1 Plato and His Students 1

2 Augustine Despite Aquinas 23

3 Rousseau: Teaching Emile and Sophie 47

4 Dewey: Why So Misunderstood? 67

5 Can Morality Be Taught? 95

6 Can Religion Be Taught? 121

7 Wittgenstein: I'll Teach You Differences 143

Conclusion 163

Bibliography 177

Index 187

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