Teaching in an Age of Ideology

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This volume explores the role of some of the most prominent twentieth-century philosophers and political thinkers as teachers. It examines how these teachers conveyed truth to their students against the ideological influences found in the university and society. Philosophers from Edmund Husserl and Hannah Arendt to political thinkers like Eric Voegelin and Leo Strauss, and their students such as Ellis Sandoz, Stanley Rosen, and Harvey Mansfield, are in this volume as teachers who analyze, denounce, and attempt to...

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Overview

This volume explores the role of some of the most prominent twentieth-century philosophers and political thinkers as teachers. It examines how these teachers conveyed truth to their students against the ideological influences found in the university and society. Philosophers from Edmund Husserl and Hannah Arendt to political thinkers like Eric Voegelin and Leo Strauss, and their students such as Ellis Sandoz, Stanley Rosen, and Harvey Mansfield, are in this volume as teachers who analyze, denounce, and attempt to transcend ideology for a more authentic way of thinking. What the reader will discover is that teaching is not merely a matter of holding concepts together, but a way of existing or living in the world. The thinkers in this volume represent this form of teaching as the philosophical search for truth in a world deformed by ideology.

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In this collection of essays celebrating 11 scholar-teachers who opposed today's dominant educational and political ideologies, and written by their students and followers, Heyking (Univ. of Lethbridge, Canada) and Trepanier (Saginaw Valley State Univ.) have constructed a biographical narrative of ideas that begins largely among secular Jewish philosophers in early-20th-century Europe and ends with conservative political theorists in US universities. From Edmund Husserl and Hannah Arendt in Germany through Eric Voegelin, Leo Strauss, and Harvey Mansfield in the US, the essays examine how and why their mentors shaped ways of thinking that are a form of reflective action that enhances both human freedom and democratic citizenship. Both as teachers and as scholars, they employed ways of doing political philosophy that became models of liberal education itself—models that now occupy proud but beleaguered outposts even within the liberal arts in most colleges and universities. At a time when "theory" in academic life is often a dogmatic barrier to everyday experience, shared meanings, and opening to transcendence, this collection echoes similar responses by Harry Clor in On Moderation: Defending an Ancient Virtue in a Modern World (CH, Jan'09, 46-2925) and David Walsh in After Ideology: Recovering the Spiritual Foundations of Freedom (1983). Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections.
Thomas W. Heilke
The largely realized promise of this collection is that the human activity of political-philosophical inquiry is exhibited and helpfully illuminated not merely in what philosophers and scholars write and publish, but in their acts of teaching. These thoughtful reflections on the teaching work of scholars deserve the attention of scholars and students alike.
Barry Cooper
There may be no formula on how to be an outstanding teacher, but this splendid collection, mostly by younger scholars, provide intimations, insights, and reflections on master teachers they have known. Great teaching always contains an element of resistance –to the lie, to mere opinion, to deceit—and is invariably based on common sense even while it aspires to something more.
James R. Stoner
I opened Teaching in an Age of Ideology to look for stories of great teachers I knew or had read, and quickly I was confronted with unsolved questions of political philosophy and liberal education. The stories are here, but often they are merely the hook to bring the reader virtually into the kind of classroom where he is compelled to upset his settled opinions and to see the world afresh. These essays by master teachers about master teachers are not only enjoyable and illuminating; taken as a whole, they offer a précis of the great crises of the past century and an intimation of how the human spirit can transcend dark days.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739197288
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/9/2014
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John von Heyking is an professor of political science at the University of Lethbridge.

Lee Trepanier is an associate professor of political science at Saginaw Valley State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Teaching Political Philosophy, Lee Trepanier and John von Heyking
Section I: Thinking and Teaching against Ideology
Chapter 1: Edmund Husserl, Molly Brigid Flynn
Chapter 2: Hannah Arendt, Leah Bradshaw
Chapter 3: Raymond Aron’s Educative Legacy, Bryan-Paul Frost
Chapter 4: Bernard Lonergan, Lance M. Grigg
Section II: The Teacher’s Search for Order
Chapter 5: Eric Voegelin and the “Art of the Perigoge”, John von Heyking
Chapter 6: Gerhart Niemeyer as Educator: The Defense of Western Culture in an Ideological Age, Michael Henry
Chapter 7: Ellis Sandoz as Master Teacher
Charles R. Embry, Texas A & M University at Commerce
Chapter 8: John H. Hallowell, Principled Pragmatist, Tim Hoye
Section III: The Teaching of Natural Rights Today
Chapter 9: Leo Strauss’s Two Agendas for Education, Michael Zuckert
Chapter 10: Stanley Rosen the Nemesis of Nihilism. Nalin Ranasinghe
Chapter 11: Harvey Mansfield, Travis D. Smith

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