The Gleam of Light: Moral Perfectionism and Education in Dewey and Emerson

The Gleam of Light: Moral Perfectionism and Education in Dewey and Emerson

by Natsu Saito
     
 

ISBN-10: 0823224627

ISBN-13: 9780823224623

Pub. Date: 07/28/2005

Publisher: Fordham University Press

In the name of efficiency, the practice of education has come to be dominated by neoliberal ideology andprocedures of standardization and quantification. Such attempts to make all aspects of practice transparent and subject to systematic accounting lack sensitivity to the invisible and the silent, to something in the humancondition that cannot readily be expressed

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In the name of efficiency, the practice of education has come to be dominated by neoliberal ideology andprocedures of standardization and quantification. Such attempts to make all aspects of practice transparent and subject to systematic accounting lack sensitivity to the invisible and the silent, to something in the humancondition that cannot readily be expressed in an either-or form. Seeking alternatives to such trends, Saito readsDewey's idea of progressive education through the lens of Emersonian moral perfectionism (to borrow a term coined by Stanley Cavell). She elucidates a spiritual and aesthetic dimension to Dewey's notion of growth, one considerably richer than what Dewey alone presents in his typically scientific terminology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823224623
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Series:
American Philosophy Series
Edition description:
3
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1In search of light in democracy and education : Deweyan growth in an age of nihilism1
2Dewey between Hegel and Darwin17
3Emerson's voice : Dewey beyond Hegel and Darwin36
4Emersonian moral perfectionism : gaining from the closeness between Dewey and Emerson50
5Dewey's Emersonian view of ends69
6Growth and the social reconstruction of criteria : gaining from the distance between Dewey and Emerson81
7The gleam of light : reconstruction toward holistic growth99
8The gleam of light lost : transcending the tragic with Dewey after Emerson120
9The rekindling of the gleam of light : toward perfectionist education139

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