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ERIC Number: EJ924033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Lost in Space? Education and the Concept of Nature
Bonnett, Michael
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v23 n2-3 p117-130 Mar 2004
Although the idea of nature has all but disappeared from recent discussion of education, it remains highly relevant to the philosophy and practice of education, since tacit notions of human nature and what constitutes underlying reality--the "natural" order of things--necessarily orientates education in fundamental ways. It is argued that underlying our various senses of nature is the idea of nature as the "self-arising" whose intrinsic integrity, mystery and value implicitly condition our understanding of ourselves and of the reality in which we live. I argue that the acknowledgement of nature so conceived opens up a perspective on education that requires us to review currently dominant technological notions of truth and knowledge, and also of what should characterize the process of education, reasserting the proper place of more intuitive, local and dialogical knowledge and relationships.
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Language: English
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