On Education Formation Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning

The lost purpose of learning -- Education and the order of love -- The art of reading -- Citizenship -- A way forward.

Author: Joseph Allan Clair

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ISBN: 1501326198

Category: PHILOSOPHY

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"Reading Augustine presents concise, personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religion scholars. The looming crisis in higher education appears to be a matter of soaring costs and crushing student debt, but the problem is actually much deeper. It is a crisis of soul; a question of the very purpose of learning and the type of people that our educational system produces. Today, in the age of academic hyper-specialization and professional knowledge, the moral and spiritual purposes of learning have been eclipsed by a shallow view of career and success. On Education, Formation, Citizenship, and the Lost Purpose of Learning turns to the influential figure Augustine of Hippo to explore how he saved the liberal arts at the end of the Roman Empire and how his inspiring vision can do the same for higher education today. It offers a roadmap for reviving the soul of education--presenting concrete ways that the intellectual practices and economic enterprise of learning can lead once more to a fulfilled life of knowing God and loving others."--Bloomsbury Publishing.
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On Education Formation Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning

On Education, Formation, Citizenship, and the Lost Purpose of Learning turns to the influential figure Augustine of Hippo to explore how he saved the liberal arts at the end of the Roman Empire and how his inspiring vision can do the same ...

Author: Joseph Clair

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501326189

Category: Philosophy

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Reading Augustine presents concise, personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religion scholars. The looming crisis in higher education appears to be a matter of soaring costs and crushing student debt, but the problem is actually much deeper. It is a crisis of soul; a question of the very purpose of learning and the type of people that our educational system produces. Today, in the age of academic hyper-specialization and professional knowledge, the moral and spiritual purposes of learning have been eclipsed by a shallow view of career and success. On Education, Formation, Citizenship, and the Lost Purpose of Learning turns to the influential figure Augustine of Hippo to explore how he saved the liberal arts at the end of the Roman Empire and how his inspiring vision can do the same for higher education today. It offers a roadmap for reviving the soul of education – presenting concrete ways that the intellectual practices and economic enterprise of learning can lead once more to a fulfilled life of knowing God and loving others.
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On Education Formation Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning

Every educational system aims to produce not only a certain kind of human being but a certain kind of citizen. This understanding of education is at the core of the liberal arts tradition and goes back to its very beginnings in ancient ...

Author: Joseph Clair

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501326172

Category: Philosophy

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Reading Augustine presents concise, personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religion scholars. The looming crisis in higher education appears to be a matter of soaring costs and crushing student debt, but the problem is actually much deeper. It is a crisis of soul; a question of the very purpose of learning and the type of people that our educational system produces. Today, in the age of academic hyper-specialization and professional knowledge, the moral and spiritual purposes of learning have been eclipsed by a shallow view of career and success. On Education, Formation, Citizenship, and the Lost Purpose of Learning turns to the influential figure Augustine of Hippo to explore how he saved the liberal arts at the end of the Roman Empire and how his inspiring vision can do the same for higher education today. It offers a roadmap for reviving the soul of education – presenting concrete ways that the intellectual practices and economic enterprise of learning can lead once more to a fulfilled life of knowing God and loving others.
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Literature and Character Education in Universities

Clair, J. (2018) Reading Augustine: On Education, Formation, Citizenship, and the Lost Purpose of Learning. London: Bloomsbury Academic. Collingwood, R. G. (1951) The Idea of History. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Daniels, H., Edwards, A., ...

Author: Edward Brooks

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000452105

Category: Education

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Literature and Character Education in Universities presents the potential of literary and philosophical texts for character education in modern universities. The book engages with theoretical and practical aspects of character development in higher education, combining conceptual discussion of the role of literature in character education with applied case studies from university classrooms. Character education within the academic context of the university presents unique challenges and opportunities. Literature and Character Education in Universities presents perspectives from academics in Europe, the USA and Asia, offering unique insights into the ways that engaged reading and discussion of core texts can promote the development of intellectual and moral virtues. Chapters draw on a wide range of texts from Confucius’ Analects to J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, focusing on themes such as truthfulness, self-knowledge, prudence, tolerance, friendship, and humility. Literature and Character Education in Universities will be of real use to researchers, academics and postgraduates in the fields of higher education, philosophy, and literature. It should be essential reading for university educators interested in character development and advocates of literary education in modern universities.
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On Compassion Healing Suffering and the Purpose of the Emotional Life

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Author: Susan Wessel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501344541

Category: Philosophy

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Reading Augustine presents concise, personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religion scholars. Augustine of Hippo knew that this fallen world is a place of sadness and suffering. In such a world, he determined that compassion is the most suitable and virtuous response. Its transformative powers could be accessed through the mind and its memories, through the healing of the Incarnation, and through the discernment of Christians who are forced to navigate through a corrupt and deceptive world. Susan Wessel considers Augustine's theology of compassion by examining his personal experience of loss and his reflections concerning individual and corporate suffering in the context of the human condition and salvation.
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On Agamben Donatism Pelagianism and the Missing Links

Its aim is to make clear Augustine's importance to contemporary thought and to present Augustine not only or primarily ... Surrender and the Moral Self, Ian Clausen On Education, Formation, Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning, ...

Author: Peter Iver Kaufman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350191495

Category: Philosophy

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Peter Iver Kaufman shows that, although Giorgio Agamben represents Augustine as an admired pioneer of an alternative form of life, he also considers Augustine an obstacle keeping readers from discovering their potential. Kaufman develops a compelling, radical alternative to progressive politics by continuing the line of thought he introduced in On Agamben, Arendt, Christianity, and the Dark Arts of Civilization. Kaufman starts with a comparison of Agamben and Augustine's projects, both of which challenge reigning concepts of citizenship. He argues that Agamben, troubled by Augustine's opposition to Donatists and Pelagians, failed to forge links between his own redefinitions of authenticity and “the coming community” and the bishop's understandings of grace, community, and compassion. On Agamben, Donatism, Pelagianism, and the Missing Links sheds new light on Augustine's “political theology,” introducing ways it can be used as a resource for alternative polities while supplementing Agamben's scholarship and scholarship on Agamben.
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On Solitude Conscience Love and Our Inner and Outer Lives

Its aim is to make clear Augustine's importance to contemporary thought and to present Augustine not only or primarily as ... Surrender and the Moral Self Ian Clausen On Education, Formation, Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning ...

Author: Ron Haflidson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567682727

Category: Religion

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Ron Haflidson places the theology of Augustine in conversation with contemporary authors, who warn of the dangers of abandoning solitude for constant (often technological) connection. Haflidson addresses an essential question that has previously been neglected: What difference does it make to the practice of solitude if one believes that even in the absence of any human company, God is always intimately present? For Augustine, solitude is a moral necessity: he recommends that we regularly retreat from the crowd into the depths of our conscience, where we can dwell alone in the company of God, and enter into dialogue before and with God about who we are and how we love. Throughout this book, Haflidson pairs close readings of Augustine with those of noted cartographers of our inner lives, literary greats including Jane Austen, George Eliot, Marilynne Robinson and George Saunders. This book explores what undiscovered possibilities may lie in solitude.
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On Faith Works Eternity and the Creatures We Are

Volumes in the series: On Ethics, Politics and Psychology in the Twenty-First Century, John Rist On Love, Confession, Surrender and the Moral Self, Ian Clausen On Education, Formation, Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning, ...

Author: André Barbera

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9780567689795

Category: Philosophy

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In this volume André Barbera considers the question of faith, how an individual may act faithfully, and what good (if any) is faithful action. Drawing on the letters of the Apostle Paul and the work of philosophical thinkers such as Søren Kierkegaard, Barbera explores numerous aspects of faithful living, from religion, original sin, and tests of faith, to the power of prayer, and even the concept of atheism. In particular, Barbera formulates a postulate drawn from Augustine's Confessions: God is not bound by time. The person of faith, however, is enslaved by time. Augustine's expression “faith seeking understanding” stakes the claim,” but the mode of faith and the end of faith are inherently contradictory. The faithful person waits in pursuit, choking. Works, the anxiety of faith, ensue. Barbera concludes that the person of faith engages in endless trial, struggle, and contradiction, but in so doing attempts to produce a meaningful life.
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On Time Change History and Conversion

Its aim is to make clear Augustine's importance to contemporary thought and to present Augustine not only or primarily ... Surrender and the Moral Self, Ian Clausen On Education, Formation, Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning, ...

Author: Sean Hannan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501356483

Category: Philosophy

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Sean Hannan offers a new interpretation of Augustine of Hippo's approach to temporality by contrasting it with contemporary accounts of time drawn from philosophy, political theology, and popular science. Hannan argues that, rather than offering us a deceptively simple roadmap forward, Augustine asks us to face up to the question of time itself before we take on tasks like transforming ourselves and our world. Augustine discovered that the disorientation we feel in the face of change is a symptom of a deeper problem: namely, that we cannot truly comprehend time, even while it conditions every facet of our lives. This book puts Augustine into creative conversation with contemporary thinkers, from Pierre Hadot and Giorgio Agamben to Steven Pinker and Stephen Hawking, on questions such as the definition of time, the metaphysics of transformation, and the shape of history. The goal is to learn what Augustine can teach us about the nature of temporality and the possibility of change in this temporal world of ours.
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On Music Sense Affect and Voice

Its aim is to make clear Augustine's importance to contemporary thought and to present Augustine not only or primarily ... Surrender and the Moral Self, Ian Clausen On Education, Formation, Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning, ...

Author: Carol Harrison

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501326271

Category: Philosophy

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This book explores early reflections on music and its effects on the mind and soul. Augustine is an obvious choice for such an analysis, as his De Musica is the only treatise on music by a Christian writer in the first five centuries AD; concerned not only with poetic metre and rhythm, but also with an ontology of music. Focusing on the six books of De Musica, the Confessions and the Homilies on the Psalms, Carol Harrison argues that Augustine establishes a psychology, ethics and aesthetics of musical perception, which considered together form an effective theology of music. For Augustine, music-both heard and performed- becomes the means by which we can sense and participate in divine grace. Composed by one of the world's foremost Augustine scholars, this book is a concise and powerful exploration of Augustine's writing and reflections on music and, by extension, the intimate relationship between music, religion, and philosophy.
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On God The Soul Evil and the Rise of Christianity

Its aim is to make clear Augustine's importance to contemporary thought and to present Augustine not only or primarily as ... Todd Breyfogle On Education, Formation, Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning, Joseph Clair On Ethics, ...

Author: John Peter Kenney

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501314001

Category: Philosophy

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Reading Augustine is a new line of books offering personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religious scholars. The aim of the series is to make clear Augustine's importance to contemporary thought and to present Augustine not only or primarily as a pre-eminent Christian thinker but as a philosophical, spiritual, literary and intellectual icon of the West. Why did the ancients come to adopt monotheism and Christianity? On God, The Soul, Evil and the Rise of Christianity introduces possible answers to that question by looking closely at the development of the thought of Augustine of Hippo, whose complex spiritual trajectory included Gnosticism, academic skepticism, pagan Platonism, and orthodox Christianity. What was so compelling about Christianity and how did Augustine become convinced that his soul could enter into communion with a transcendent God? The apparently sudden shift of ancient culture to monotheism and Christianity was momentous, defining the subsequent nature of Western religion and thought. John Peter Kenney shows us that Augustine offers an unusually clear vantage point to understand the essential ideas that drove that transition.
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On Ethics Politics and Psychology in the Twenty First Century

Its aim is to make clear Augustine's importance to contemporary thought and to present Augustine not only or primarily as ... Surrender and the Moral Self Ian Clausen On Education, Formation, Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning ...

Author: John M. Rist

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501307508

Category: Philosophy

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The Reading Augustine series presents concise, personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religious scholars. John Rist takes the reader through Augustine's ethics, the arguments he made and how he arrived at them, and shows how this moral philosophy remains vital for us today. Rist identifies Augustine's challenge to all ideas of moral autonomy, concentrating especially on his understanding of humility as an honest appraisal of our moral state. He looks at thinkers who accept parts of Augustine's evaluation of the human condition but lapse into bleakness and pessimism since for them God has disappeared. In the concluding parts of the book, Rist suggests how a developed version of Augustine's original vision can be applied to the complexities of modern life while also laying out, on the other hand, what our moral universe would look like without Augustine's contribution to it.
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On Consumer Culture Identity the Church and the Rhetorics of Delight

Volumes in the series: On Ethics, Politics and Psychology in the Twenty-First Century, John Rist On Love, Confession, Surrender and the Moral Self, Ian Clausen On Education, Formation, Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning, ...

Author: Mark Clavier

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501330957

Category: Philosophy

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The Reading Augustine series presents short, engaging books offering personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo's contributions to western philosophical, literary, and religious life. Mark Clavier's On Consumer Culture, Identity, The Church and the Rhetorics of Delight draws on Augustine of Hippo to provide a theological explanation for the success of marketing and consumer culture. Augustine's thought, rooted in rhetorical theory, presents a brilliant understanding of the experiences of damnation and salvation that takes seriously the often hidden psychology of human motivation. Clavier examines how Augustine's keen insight into the power of delight over personal notions of freedom and self-identity can be used to shed light on how the constant lure of promised happiness shapes our identities as consumers. From Augustine's perspective, it is only by addressing the sources of delight within consumerism and by rediscovering the wellsprings of God's delight that we can effectively challenge consumer culture. To an age awash with commercial rhetoric, the fifth-century Bishop of Hippo offers a theological rhetoric that is surprisingly contemporary and insightful.
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On Agamben Arendt Christianity and the Dark Arts of Civilization

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Author: Peter Iver Kaufman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567682819

Category: Philosophy

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Many progressives have found passages in Augustine's work that suggest he entertained hopes for meaningful political melioration in his time. They also propose that his “political theology” could be an especially valuable resource for “an ethics of democratic citizenship” or for “hopeful citizenship” in our times. Peter Kaufman argues that Augustine's “political theology” offers a compelling, radical alternative to progressive politics. He chronicles Augustine's experiments with alternative polities, and pairs Augustine's criticisms of political culture with those of Giorgio Agamben and Hannah Arendt. This book argues that the perspectives of pilgrims (Augustine), refugees (Agamben), and pariahs (Arendt) are better staging areas than the perspectives and virtues associated with citizenship-and better for activists interested in genuine political innovation rather than renovation. Kaufman revises the political legacy of Augustine, aiming to influence interdisciplinary conversations among scholars of late antiquity and twenty-first century political theorists, ethicists, and practitioners.
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On Love Confession Surrender and the Moral Self

Volumes in the series: On Ethics, Politics and Psychology in the Twenty-First Century John Rist On Love, Confession, Surrender and the Moral Self Ian Clausen On Education, Formation, Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning Joseph ...

Author: Ian Clausen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501314216

Category: Philosophy

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The Reading Augustine series presents concise, personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religious scholars. Ian Clausen's On Love, Confession, Surrender and the Moral Self describes Augustine's central ideas on morality and how he arrived at them. Describing an intellectual journey that will resonate especially with readers at the beginning of their own journey, Clausen shows that Augustine's early writing career was an outworking of his own inner turmoil and discovery, and that both were to summit, triumphantly, on his monumental book Confessions (AD 386-401). On Love, Confession, Surrender and the Moral Self offers a way of looking at Augustine's early writing career as an on-going, developing process: a process whose chief result was to shape a conception of the moral self that has lasted and prospered to the present day.
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On Creativity Liberty Love and the Beauty of the Law

Volumes in the series: On Ethics, Politics and Psychology in the Twenty-First Century John Rist On Love, Confession, Surrender and the Moral Self Ian Clausen On Education, Formation, Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning Joseph ...

Author: Todd Breyfogle

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501314056

Category: Philosophy

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Reading Augustine presents concise, personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religious scholars. Todd Breyfogle's On Creativity, Liberty, Love and the Beauty of the Law introduces readers to Augustine's understanding of law as an arena in which the possibilities of creative freedom are reconciled with the needs of natural and civil order. It places Augustine's conception of law in the broader mosaic of his ideas about how human beings are bound together individually, socially, and spiritually. Seasoned readers of Augustine will see this fundamental element of his thought in a different light, even as those less familiar with Augustine are introduced to the thrill of following how he makes sense of the complexities of nature, history, and the human spirit.
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On Self Harm Narcissism Atonement and the Vulnerable Christ

Volumes in the series: ON ETHICS, POLITICS AND PSYCHOLOGY IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY John Rist ON LOVE, CONFESSION, SURRENDER AND THE MORAL SELF Ian Clausen ON EDUCATION, FORMATION, CITIZENSHIP AND THE LOST PURPOSE OF LEARNING Joseph ...

Author: David Vincent Meconi

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501326226

Category: Philosophy

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On Self-Harm, Narcissism, Atonement and the Vulnerable Christ explores St. Augustine of Hippo's theology of sin, described as various forms of self-loathing and self-destruction, in addition to sin's antidote, a vulnerable relationship with the crucified Christ. Incorporating recent thinking on self-destruction and self-loathing into his reading of Augustine, David Vincent Meconi explores why we are not only allured by sin, but will actually destroy ourselves to attain it, even when we are all too well aware that this sin will bring us no true, lasting pleasure. Meconi traces the phenomena of self-destruction and self-loathing from Augustine to today. In particular, he focuses in on how self-love can turn to self-harm, and the need to provide salvage for such woundedness by surrendering to Christ, showing how Augustine's theology of sin and salvation is still crucially applicable in contemporary life and societies.
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On King Lear The Confessions and Human Experience and Nature

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Author: Kim Paffenroth

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350203211

Category: Philosophy

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Augustine's Confessions and Shakespeare's King Lear are two of the most influential and enduring works of the Western canon or world literature. But what does Stratford-upon-Avon have to do with Hippo, or the ascetical heretic-fighting polemicist with the author of some of the world's most beautiful love poetry? To answer these questions, Kim Paffenroth analyses the similarities and differences between the thinking of these two figures on the themes of love, language, nature and reason. Pairing and connecting the insights of Shakespeare's most nihilist tragedy with those of Augustine's most personal and sometimes self-condemnatory, sometimes triumphal work, challenges us to see their worldviews as more similar than they first seem, and as more relevant to our own fragmented and disillusioned world.
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On Mystery Ineffability Silence and Musical Symbolism

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Author: Laurence Wuidar

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350228801

Category: Religion

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Collecting together numerous examples of Augustine's musical imagery in action, Laurence Wuidar reconstructs the linguistic laboratory and the hermeneutics in which he worked. Sensitive and poetical, this volume is a reminder that the metaphor of music can give access not only to human interiority, but allow the human mind to achieve proximity to the divine mind. Composed by one of Europe's leading musicologists now engaging an English-speaking audience for the first time, this book is a candid exploration of Wuidar's expertise. Drawing on her long knowledge of music and the occult, from antiquity to modernity, Wuidar particularly focuses upon Augustine's working methods while refusing to be distracted by questions of faith or morality. The result is an open and at times frightening vista on the powers that be, and our complex need to commune with them.
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Adult Education and the Formation of Citizens

It is necessary to go beyond the context of adult education to provide a wider understanding of the role of MAE. ... to be a transitory arena for learning, where the individual can struggle to regain self-esteem that has been lost, ...

Author: Andreas Fejes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351111331

Category: Education

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Adult Education and the Formation of Citizens turns attention towards normative claims about who adults should become through education, and what capacities and skills adults need to develop to become included in society as ‘full’ citizens. Through these debates, adults are construed as not yet citizens, despite already being citizens in a formal sense; this book problematises such regimes of truth and their related notions of the possibilities and impossibilities of adult education and citizenship. Drawing on empirical examples from the two main adult education institutions in Sweden, folk high schools and municipal adult education, it argues that, through current regimes of truth, these institutions become spaces for the re-shaping of the "abnormal" citizen. The book suggests that only certain futures of citizenship and its educational provision are made possible, while other futures are ignored or even made impossible to imagine. Offering a unique focus on critically problematising the role of adult education in relation to the fostering and shaping of citizens, the book addresses the important contemporary challenges of the role of adult education in a time of migration. Adult Education and the Formation of Citizens will be of great interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of adult education, lifelong learning and education.
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