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ERIC Number: EJ864310
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0160-7561
Humane Letters: Notes on the Concept of Integrity and the Meanings of Humanism
Higgins, Chris
Philosophical Studies in Education, v40 p25-32 2009
In this article, the author calls for an analysis of integrity and contends that attempting to describe wholeness precisely and incisively is not necessarily a contradiction in terms. The author makes some distinctions about integrity using two moves, one inspired by Plato, and one by Aristotle. The author uses the phrase "humane letters" to name a set of specific saving strategies preserved in literary works. The figures one admires in thought and action, in praxis (if one can still stomach this horribly overused term) have, in a concrete time and place and situation, found a way to chart a course correction, and to fashion a vehicle for helping everyone navigate away from whichever failing is nearer to everyone. With the term humane letters, one dignifies such vehicles and the figures who fashioned them. Though the tacking maneuvers one will need to make will not be identical to any yet navigated, one preserves certain texts and arts of reading so that one may learn how these past vehicles were built, what course corrections have been successfully attempted, chart by comparison each own bearings, and reach again for the specific virtues of integrity. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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