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ERIC Number: EJ864312
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0160-7561
The Audacity of Thought: Seeing Thinking as the Moral Virtue Pivotal to the Re-Founding of Democracy on a Moral Basis
Novak, Bruce
Philosophical Studies in Education, v40 p83-93 2009
The theme of intellectual courage can help anyone re-conceive the activity of philosophizing as a "moral" virtue. For Aristotle, courage was the first of the moral virtues, empowering noble action in the human realm, contemplation the last and highest of the intellectual virtues, enabling the union of the human mind with the eternal and divine, but entirely removed from the realm of human action. However, might teachers in the field of Philosophy of Education also find a certain kind of courageous contemplation--personal philosophizing in a social context of absence of thought--as performing a unique kind of public service? This question is a timely one. "Thinking"--the effort simply to see the world for oneself, apart from all acting within it, to take the world in and be changed by it, apart from all acting upon it--may be a virtue of particular importance for those in the field of Philosophy of Education to cultivate in the new times of democratic renewal they suddenly find themselves living in. In this article, the author shares some of the thinking about thinking that Hannah Arendt did toward the end of her life, and then tries to bring that thinking home by sharing an audacious act of intellectual courage undertaken by one of the athour's students. (Contains 20 notes.)
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Language: English
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