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ERIC Number: EJ793115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
Knowledge of Being v. Practice of Becoming in Higher Education: Overcoming the Dichotomy in the Humanities
Marquez, Ivan
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v5 n2 p147-161 2006
This essay suggests ways to overcome what I take to be a widespread problem of a dichotomy between the knowledge of being and the practice of becoming and an emphasis on the former at the expense of the latter within contemporary Humanities at the university. First, I trace the genealogy of this dichotomy and its effects on contemporary Humanities' higher education, especially in the guise it takes as a dichotomy between contemplation and action--thinking and acting. Secondly, I elaborate an account of self-directed development as a process of bridging the gap between being and becoming. Thirdly, I point towards often undervalued and even neglected philosophical traditions that provide us with alternative resources to engage in effective processes of self-directed development, enabling us to develop our human potentiality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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