Habits of Mind: An Introduction to Clinical Philosophy New Edition

Habits of Mind: An Introduction to Clinical Philosophy New Edition

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A primer for education in a democratic society as an alternative to conceptual imperialism.

This stimulating new work is based on a highly successful—and extremely popular—course that Professor De Nicolas taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook for more than 15 years. In Habits of Mind, De Nicolas reveals that the most important achievement of education is to develop in students those skills that enable them to participate fully in the life of humankind. He calls these skills the "inner technologies", and intends by the phrase something very different from cognitive skills. Education, he claims, must nurture the capacity for fantasy and imagination. In Habits of Mind, he traces the relative importance of these capacities through the history and philosophy of education from Plato onward. The habits of intellectual discourse are treated as an organic thread from the ancient past to the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595126668
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2000
Pages: 584
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Forewordxiii
The Practice of Philosophy: A Biocultural Introductionxvii
Part 1.Our Habits
1.Higher Education Today3
How Bad Is Our System of Education?3
Democracy, Freedom, and Education5
The Critics of Education8
The Roots of Our Crisis in Education13
2.Our Philosophical Roots19
An Open Mind20
The Modern and the Postmodern American University23
The Question of the Curriculum27
3.An Alternative Philosophy of Education32
Habits of Mind as Used, and Their History33
Our Inherited Habits of Mind35
Plato and Our Greek Heritage39
The Education of Habits of Mind46
4.An Alternative University52
Protestant Reformation and Counter-Reformation52
The English Schools, Luis Vives53
The Universities of the Counter-Reformation55
The Shape of an Alternative University58
5.The Experiment61
Requirements for Teachers and Students63
The Plan of This Book66
Part 2.Our Models
6.The Medieval Version of Aristotle71
Scholastic Logic, Antonio T. de Nicolas78
Scipio's Dream, from On the Republic, Cicero119
The Myth of Er, from the Republic, Plato127
7.Modernity with Galileo, Descartes, Newton135
Modern Logic136
Some Logical Terms, Definitions, Axioms, and Formulae137
The Sciences Now Have Masks on Them, Colin M. Turbayne138
8.The Narratives: Locke, Rousseau, Marquis de Sade163
Some Thoughts Concerning Education, John Locke167
Emile, Jean Jacques Rousseau196
Dialogue Between a Priest and a Dying Man, The Marquis de Sade241
9.The Critics: Vico, Voltaire250
Candide Voltaire254
10.The Contemporary University: John Dewey, Jose Ortega y Gasset292
Marx, Dewey, and Maritain: The Role of Religion in Society, Judge P. Dougherty298
Experience and Education, John Dewey315
The Revolt of the Masses, Jose Ortega y Gasset359
Mission of the University388
Part 3.Our Resources
11.Socrates, Plato, the Poets435
Translating Plato: Some Reflections on Rhetoric, John Bremer447
The Republic, Plato474
Myths: Chaos, Daedalus and Icarus, The Golden Verses of the Pythagoreans, trans. Antonio T. de Nicolas526
Summary-Philosophies of Education531
Bibliography533

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' This is a landmark book for those who care seriously about learning.'
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'In our Country this book, Habits of Mind, was highly evaluated by specialits and I would think it very important and useful to acquaint our teachers and students with this book. I would ask your permission to publish this book in Russian...This edition could be our joint contribution to the improvement of humanitarian education in Russia and to maintaining cultural cooperation between our countries.'
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' This is a landmark book for those who care seriously about learning' From Brain and Mind Bulletin
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'In our Country this book (Habits of Mind) was highly evaluated by specialists and I would think it very important and useful to acquaint our teachers and students with this book. I would ask your permission to publish this book in Russian...This edition could be our joint contribution to the improvement of humanitarian education in Russia and to maintaining cultural cooperation between our countries.'(In a letter to the Publisher)
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(This) is a revolution in the form of a book. The author provides both a radical re-imagining of the nature and goal of education and many of the materials with which to implement this project.The author concurs in the view that our universities are in trouble, but offers a very different diagnosis, and coinsequently a unique treatment. This (book) is not just an armchair critique of the state of modern education. It alsxo offers a creative and stimulating look at the sources of Western culture as a way to broaden our conception of education. He offers clear guidelines to turn education into an experience linked to the dramatic presentations in the classroom of the classical materials by the students. A great diagnosis with a unique treatment.