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ERIC Number: EJ960322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0160-7561
An Enlightenment "Experience" and Plato's Parable of the Cave: Reflections on a Vision-Quest Gone Awry
Burch, Kerry
Philosophical Studies in Education, v42 p6-16 2011
This essay was conceived as an experiment that was brought about by an unpredictable set of circumstances. The author found himself being challenged by a student within his classroom to go on what the student called a "vision-quest." He accepted the challenge. This essay presents an account of both this experience and his attempt to impose structure and order and meaning onto what was a messy and chaotic event. The author is quite certain none of this would have occurred had he not been teaching the parable of the cave under the aegis of the "personal essay." The essay is thus an experimental homage to this genre of writing. (Contains 13 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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