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ERIC Number: EJ1000306
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0160-7561
A Yearning for Wholeness: Spirituality in Educational Philosophy
Hurley, Angela
Philosophical Studies in Education, v43 p128-137 2012
Numerous popular figures currently espouse the importance of spirituality. Some prominent voices, such as Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, and Eckhart Tolle, advocate a more spiritual existence, warning that the earth and humanity are engaged in a seismic change. The shift of spiritual leaders from fringe to fairly mainline attention is intriguing and perhaps represents a reevaluation of the separation constructed during modernity that relegated the religious, spiritual, and the emotive to an inferior status--that is, as being subjective and the stuff of non-intellectuals. Andrew Harvey, an Oxford-educated academic, provides somewhat of a bridge between the popular culture and academia in spiritual matters. Advocating for spirituality that will lead to sacred activism, Harvey proposes not just connecting with, but embodying, the often-identified major elements of spirituality: compassion and love. Much like Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, Harvey stresses the importance of living the divine Love. Harvey's philosophy is raising important problems and giving a solution that has historically been a part of many world religions and of selected philosophic thought. However, because of the ways in which religion has been conceptualized, especially during modernity, Harvey's definitions of the spiritual and the sacred seem a bit odd and inappropriate, especially for academic settings. But that is the problem that the author is attempting to raise in this essay: people are out of practice in being able to talk about the sacred, or the spiritual, and that may be a reason why many individuals report a state of imbalance in their lives, institutions, and in the general culture. Therefore, after examining the effects of the separation of faith and reason during modernity, the author will note the possible benefits of encouraging the inclusion of spirituality in the learning experiences of individuals, giving examples from the work of recent advocates. (Contains 26 footnotes.)
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