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ERIC Number: EJ854080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
The Program Is Aristotelian
Shulman, Harvey
Academic Questions, v16 n1 p69-75 Dec 2002
Three faculty members of Concordia University in Montreal, who played integral roles in the formation of a highly successful core curriculum as part of their institution, discuss the logistics, the politics, and the philosophy behind the founding and growth of their Liberal Arts College. For Harvey Shulman, the program, which has attracted superior students, is Aristotelian in its unflagging pursuit of intellectual and moral excellence. As Aristotelians, the author and his colleagues strive to institute their ideals through action, to take what is an ideal vision of education and turn it into a program with students and books, to move from theory to practice. For Aristotle, the community's telos is primary and logically prior to that of individuals, and this parallel holds when designing a Great Books Core curriculum. As faculty, they initially come together asking themselves what do students need to know to become educated, not what each of them wish to pursue in their research and the courses that they want to teach.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Montreal)