Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Age of Truthiness and Twitter

Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Age of Truthiness and Twitter

by Howard Gardner
     
 

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Since the dawn of civilization, humans have struggled to describe the defining virtues of civilization—and, in the process, have confronted some of mankind’s most difficult and enduring questions. In Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed, renowned scholar Howard Gardner traces the astonishing transformations in our conceptions of these three virtues…  See more details below

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Since the dawn of civilization, humans have struggled to describe the defining virtues of civilization—and, in the process, have confronted some of mankind’s most difficult and enduring questions. In Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed, renowned scholar Howard Gardner traces the astonishing transformations in our conceptions of these three virtues in our lifetime—and describes the newfound challenges in making sense of them. How do we distinguish truth from “truthiness” in the Age of the Internet? How do we judge beauty when modern artists treat it like an outdated virtue? And how do we distinguish right from wrong in age of relativistic and politicized morality? In this incisive and masterful book, Gardner brilliantly highlights the current state of these virtues, argues for their continued importance in human society, and explains how we should be educating for them in the twenty-first century—both in and out of the classroom.

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Editorial Reviews

Academics know Howard Gardner as the John H. and Elizabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Readers perhaps know him better as the MacArthur Award winning author of education bestsellers including Multiple Intelligence, The Unschooled Mind, and Intelligence Reframed. Both constituencies will be gratified by Dr. Gardner's incisive new examination of the search for truth in the cacophony of new media opinion and competing "expertise." Articulating what many feel, he notes how our understanding of truth, good, and beauty are constantly bombarded and undermined by political, commercial, and tabloid interests. Gardner's writing skills and his keen sense of the changing information playing field make this a extraordinarily timely addition to his distinguished career.

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ISBN-13:
9780465045990
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,340,306
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and twenty-six honorary degrees, he is the author of twenty-five books, including Multiple Intelligences and Changing Minds. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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