Hanan Alexander argues that educators need to enable students to embark on a quest for intelligent spirituality, while paying heed to a pedagogy of difference. Through close analysis of the work of such thinkers as William James, Charles Taylor, Elliot Eisner, Michael Oakeshott, Isaiah Berlin, Martin Buber, Michael Apple and Terrence McLaughlin, Reimagining Liberal Education offers an account of school curriculum and moral and religious instruction that throws new light on the possibilities of a nuanced, rounded education for citizenship.
Divided into three parts – Transcendental Pragmatism in Educational Research, Pedagogy of Difference and the Other Face of Liberalism, and Intelligent Spirituality in the Curriculum, this is a thrilling work of philosophy that builds upon the author's award-winning text Reclaiming Goodness: Education and the Spiritual Quest.
The volume's three major sections encompass the topics of heresy, transformation, and renewal. Part I primarily discusses issues arising from the interface between institutional aims and individual alienation. The three chapters invite Jews to re-examine their Jewish heritage and to make a greater commitment to Jewish belief and practice. In Part II, an investigation of the transformative process, Rabbi Marmur builds on Franz Rosenzweig's model of the Magen David and reminds readers that the unique biblical covenant between God and Israel was made with individuals. These chapters assert that this fusion of land, people, and faith has been dramatized by the return to the land of Israel and has resulted in a paradigm shift. The final section, Renewal, written from the point of view of a committed Zionist and Reform Jew, offers a dissenting perspective on the central issues of hope, power, righteousness, community, and covenant that at the same time strongly affirms the covenant's message. This eminently thought-provoking work with its lucid articulation of Jewish purpose today, is essential reading for both Jews and non-Jews concerned with the evolution of Jewish thought.
How can the seemingly separate lives of philosopher, feminist, and follower of a religious tradition come together in one person’s life? How does religious commitment affect philosophy or feminism? How does feminism play out in religious or philosophical commitment? Wrestling with answers to these questions, women who balance philosophy, feminism, and faith write about their lives. The voices gathered here from several different traditions—Catholic, Protestant, Quaker, Jewish, and Muslim—represent diverse ethnicities, races, and ages. The challenging and poignant reflections in Philosophy, Feminism, and Faith show how critical thought can successfully mesh with religious faith and social responsibility.
The contributors of the volume identify the main challenges to the role of citizenship education in the context of globalization, conflicts and the changes to the institution of citizenship they entail and critically examine the ways in which schools and education systems currently address – and may be able to improve – the role of citizenship education in conflict-ridden and multicultural contexts.