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The Common Things: Essays on Thomism and Education

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Concerned with the trendy, technocratic, and at times sophistical character of contemporary education at all levels, both public and private, the authors of this collection seek to reinvigorate a Thomistic approach to education appropriate to the problems of our day. With its main inspiration taken from the work of Jacques Maritain, especially his 1943 volume, Education at the Crossroads, the collection presents a trenchant critique of the "privacies" of contemporary education, with its emphasis upon the ...
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Concerned with the trendy, technocratic, and at times sophistical character of contemporary education at all levels, both public and private, the authors of this collection seek to reinvigorate a Thomistic approach to education appropriate to the problems of our day. With its main inspiration taken from the work of Jacques Maritain, especially his 1943 volume, Education at the Crossroads, the collection presents a trenchant critique of the "privacies" of contemporary education, with its emphasis upon the conventional and useful. At the same time, these essays present the outlines of the proper alternative, an education which helps the student "draw out" from himself his desire for truths which transcend the contingencies of culture and utility.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Note
Introduction 1
The Private Life of the Modern Academy
1 The Public University and the Common Good 19
2 The State of the Academy and the Hope for the Future 29
3 The Enlightened Mentality and Academic Freedom 35
4 Was Ist Aufklarung? Notes on Maritain, Rorty, and Bloom With Thanks But No Apologies to Immanuel Kant 48
5 The Darkening of the Intellect: Four Ways of Sinning Against the Light 69
6 What Happened To The Catholic University? 81
7 The Elements of Discord: The Sine Qua Non of Education 92
8 The Catholic College: At The Crossroad Or At The End Of The Road? 102
9 Maritain: Philosophy, The Catholic University and Truth 118
Manifesting the Common
10 On The Education of Young Men and Women 128
11 Studiositas, The Virtue of Attention 143
12 Education: Restoring the Goal of Development to the Ideal of Learning 153
13 John Poinsot: On The Gift of Counsel 163
14 Learning as Recollection - A Thomistic Approach to Recovering Higher Education 179
15 A Humble and Trembling Movement: Creative Intuition and Maritain's Philosophy of Education 188
16 Great Books Business Education 200
17 Arts in Conflict 208
18 The Freshmen Seminar: A History of the Western University 220
Political Aspects
19 Education for Politics: Knowing, Responsibility, and Cultural Development 227
20 The Multiconfusion of Multiculturalism 241
21 Latin American Democracies at the Crossroads 247
22 Truth Values and Cultural Pluralism 259
Contributors 271
Index 276
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