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ERIC Number: EJ924010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Abstraction and Finitude: Education, Chance and Democracy
Smith, Richard
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v25 n1-2 p19-35 Mar 2006
Education in the west has become a very "knowing" business in which students are encouraged to cultivate self-awareness and meta-cognitive skills in pursuit of a kind of perfection. The result is the evasion of contingency and of the consciousness of human finitude. The neo-liberalism that makes education a market good exacerbates this. These tendencies can be interpreted as a dimension of scepticism. This is to be dissolved partly by acknowledging that we are obscure to ourselves. Such an acknowledgement is fostered by the mythic dimension of experience, which also recommends a degree of humility to the citizens of democratic states.
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Language: English
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