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Educating for Democracy : Paideia in an Age of Uncertainty - Alan M. Olson

Educating for Democracy

Paideia in an Age of Uncertainty

By: Alan M. Olson (Editor), David M. Steiner (Editor), Irina S. Tuuli (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 2004
ISBN: 9780742535404
Number Of Pages: 307

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The central conflicts of the world today are closely related to cultural, traditional, and religious differences between nations. As we move to a globalized world, these differences often become magnified, entrenched, and the cause of bloody conflict. Growing out of a conference of distinguished scholars from the MiddleEast, Europe, and the United States, this volume is a singular contribution to mutual understanding and cooperative efforts on behalf of peace. The term paideia, drawn from Greek philosophy, has to do with responsible education for citizenship as a necessary precondition for effective democracy. The problems discussed here are crucial, but not simple. How can we find shared ethical principles on which to build international consensus? How can religious tolerance make inroads in societies accustomed to restrictive fundamentalism? What might bring about de-dogmatization of education in the Middle East as a necessary condition for free and rational inquiry and the broader vistas required by democracy? All of these issues highlight the underlying question, "What is education really for?" Finally, the volume confronts the promises and perils of economic globalization. Noting that one third of the world's population lives in abject poverty, business has become a battlefield where ethics and trust are clearly at stake.

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This volume, due substantially to the leadership of Alan Olson, continues the work that led to the XXth World Congress of Philosophy, held in Boston in the summer of 1998, whose invited program appeared shortly thereafter in twelve volumes! This new volume contains papers delivered in two subsequent conferences that successfully continued the most welcome and admirable international cooperation of the Congress, on some of the same main themes.--Ernest Sosa, Brown University

Forewordp. 1
Introduction : paideia is philosophy and religionp. 5
Paideia : anachronism or necessity?p. 11
Paideia as the unity of knowledge and enlightenmentp. 25
Science, education, and the transformation of civilization in the twenty-first centuryp. 31
The noospheric imperative of paideia in the twenty-first centuryp. 43
Paideia, critical thinking and religion in educationp. 51
Interreligious dialogues during the Middle Ages and early modernityp. 59
The impact of modernity on Jewish lifep. 85
Paideia and Adab in Islamp. 97
The changing face of Islamic radicalismp. 103
Christian-Islamic dialogue in the twenty-first centuryp. 115
Introduction : paideia and educationp. 131
Paideia : anachronism or necessity?p. 137
Paideia in an age of uncertaintyp. 149
After NATO, paideia?p. 163
Liberal education in the face of antidemocracyp. 171
Prescribing orthodoxyp. 179
Dedogmatizing reasonp. 193
Education and democratization in an age of Islamismp. 203
Education to conscience and political disobedience : the role of the role modelp. 221
Face to face with Eudaimonia : the post-Soviet teacher's identity crisisp. 233
Reformatting the idea of a universityp. 247
The ethics of political economy : a roundtable discussionp. 265
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ISBN: 9780742535404
ISBN-10: 0742535401
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 307
Published: 1st January 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 18.29  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.47