ERIC Number: ED158816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Homer's Odyssey and Humanistic Education: Towards a Theory of the Humanities.
Boland, Clay A., Jr.
Homer's Odyssey can serve as a good source of working definitions of humanism, humanist, humanities, and their relation to humanistic education, a concept which has been adulterated by some, misplaced by others, and diluted by many. Humanism is defined as an attitude that man is independent of any devine realm and therefore responsible for himself and his society; the humanist is a model in his life-style, attitudes, and goals, in his speech, writing, reading, interests, and teaching of humanistic virtues; the humanities are the affective aspects of self-discipline, brotherly love, openmindedness, ethical behavior, dignity, grace, virtue, and excellence. Humanistic education, being the sum total of these, is the humanities taught by a humanist in a spirit of humanism. The Odyssey provides material for humanistic education's broadest subject areas: man's responsibility to himself, his family, and his society; his existence in the midst of an impersonal and 'indifferent' nature; and his attitude to the vagaries and arbitrariness of fate. The ideal common to all these areas of life is the need for self-discipline. A humanistic education should devote itself to the integration of the total person and the realization of the best of individual capabilities. A bibliography is included. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.; Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Claremont Graduate School, CA.