ERIC Number: EJ1107751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
The Labours of Hercules: Ethical Embodiment and an Erasmian Justification for Higher Education
De Barros, Eric L.
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v21 n4 p371-382 2014
In the early 1990s, a popular American dorm-room poster luminously asserted crass materialism as "JUSTIFICATION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION". Self-consciously premised on the paradoxical success of my failure or failure of my success as a professor of Renaissance literature and culture, this essay draws on Erasmus's educational theory of embodiment to critique the poster's--and by extension our society's--popular but ethically bankrupt definition of educational success. Specifically, in contrast to the absence or implied presence of any(body) in the poster, it is the presence of the body as a site of ethical evaluation in Erasmian educational theory that carries precisely the transformative potential to steer our society in a more just direction--a direction which should be--must be--the justification for higher education.
Descriptors: Higher Education, English Teachers, Literature, College Faculty, Educational Theories, Criticism, Ethics, Visual Arts, Educational Philosophy, Social Change, Transformative Learning, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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