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ERIC Number: EJ1030446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Nature, Nurture, Second Nature: Broadening the Horizons of the Philosophy of Education
Misawa, Koichiro
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v46 n5 p499-511 2014
The central thesis of this article is that the notion of second nature that John McDowell has reanimated has something of ethical and educational importance, thereby possibly extending the borders of the philosophy of education. The argument to this conclusion is the subject of serious consideration and criticism. The aim of this article is therefore to clarify the educational implications of the conception of second nature by responding to the three likely objections: (1) the charge of idealism, (2) the charge of anthropocentrism, and (3) the charge of triviality. Through critical discussions of these criticisms, it is made explicit that second nature, from the outset, illuminates every sphere of the lives of human beings. A lively appreciation of this leads to the conclusion that the issue of how we develop our world of meaning with the conception of second nature should come under the scope of serious philosophical discourse on education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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