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

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


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In the name of efficiency, the practice of education has come to be dominated by neoliberal ideology and procedures 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 human condition that cannot readily be expressed in an either-or form. Seeking alternatives to such trends, Saito reads
Dewey’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.

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ISBN-13: 9780823224630
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2006
Series: American Philosophy , #16
Edition description: 3
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Stanley Cavell is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Harvard University. His recent publications include A Pitch of Philosophy: Autobiographical Exercises; Philosophical Passages: Wittgenstein, Emerson, Austin, and Derrida; Cities of Words: Pedagogical Letters on a Register of the Moral Life and Emerson’s Transcendental Etudes.

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