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ERIC Number: EJ774679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
Rhetoric, "Paideia" and the Old Idea of a Liberal Education
Miller, Alistair
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v41 n2 p183-206 May 2007
This paper argues that the modern curriculum of academic subject disciplines embodies a rationalist conception of pure, universal knowledge that does little to cultivate, humanise or form the self. A liberal education in the classical humanist tradition, by contrast, develops a personal culture or "paideia", an understanding of the self as a social, political and cultural being, and the practical wisdom needed to make judgements in practical, political and human affairs. The paper concludes by asking whether the old liberal curriculum, traditionally centred on the humanities and the disciplines of grammar and rhetoric, can be recovered in the modern age.
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Language: English
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