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ERIC Number: EJ783706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
Aligning Deweyan Pragmatism and Emersonian Perfectionism: Re-Imagining Growth and Educating Grown-Ups
Colapietro, Vincent
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v41 n3 p459-469 Aug 2007
This essay examines in detail the triangulated conversation Naoko Saito constructs, in "The Gleam of Light", among the voices of R. W. Emerson, John Dewey and Stanley Cavell. The pivot around which everything turns is the Emersonian ideal of moral perfectionism and, in particular, the implications of this ideal for the philosophy of education. As explicated by Cavell, this ideal concerns "the dimension of moral thought directed less to restraining the bad than to releasing the good". For the conscientious person, it is, at once, unavoidable and unattainable. In constructing a conversation among these and other authors, Saito establishes herself as an arresting voice by her thoughtful contributions to many contemporary controversies bearing upon our educational practices, not least of all ones about curricular reform as well as personal transformation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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