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In several of his recent books, lifelong learning advocate Charles D. Hayes has urged adults to make the most of what their life experience has taught them and to use that wisdom in creating a better world for future generations. With Pursuing Justice, Hayes appeals especially to baby boomers to remember their heritage and apply what they know to address the economic injustices that now plague our country. Making his point in [14 pages/under 6,000 words], Hayes examines Ronald W. Dworkin’s Justice for Hedeghogs alongside Jonathan Haidt’s “five pillars” at the moral foundation of our culture, concluding that both models reflect core values that ought to underlie any written law. We need to restore this level of justice to the center of American politics, says Hayes. Those who fought against social injustice in the 1960s have the perspective and the ability to build a more just society today, if they have the will.
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Charles D. Hayes is a self-taught philosopher and one of America’s strongest voices in support of lifelong learning. Promoting the idea that education should be thought of not as something you get but as something you take, his work has been honored by the American Library Association and featured in USA Today, in the UTNE Reader, and on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation. Hayes’ September University: Summoning Passion for an Unfinished Life has been described as a “must read” for anyone aspiring to a better world. His previous book, The Rapture of Maturity: A Legacy of Lifelong Learning, upholds the importance of seeking truth and serving others to achieve our full potential as human beings. Hayes spent his youth in Texas, and then served as a U.S. Marine and a police officer before embarking on a career in the oil industry. Alaska has been his home for more than 30 years.