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The Aesthetics of Education 

I've been working a lot lately on the imagery of educational philosophy. Which is to say: what if we took the aesthetics of education not to be a particular sub-discipline, but instead thought of educational thought as essentially an aesthetic problem? What is the "art," in its expansive sense, of education? Having taught a few …

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Education: Outside In 

Could we imagine that the intersection of the Prairie School of architecture and progressive education marks a particular strategy of reworking the the urban topology? In it's rejection of neo-classical ornament and scale--school as urban citadel--we might see not simply a ruthless break with history, but an attempt to draw to the surface a perennial …

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The Wonder Wheel 

Plato famously affirms that philosophy begins with wonder. This strikes me as at least revisionist. The comment of an old philosopher reminiscing on distant beginnings. Even if one imagines arche less as "beginning" than "principle." Are we to believe that philosophy is really so dreamy eyed? And is not this aspect of philosophy, at least, …

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Descartes’ (tiny) Skull 

This is Descartes' skull. Or rather, one of them. There are other contenders. This one is covered in writing—an encomium, in Latin, to his genius—written, we can safely assume, after his death. Some would find the story of this skull's travels ironic, the religio-fetishistic uses of it clearly at odds with Descartes' radical dualism. The …

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Philosophy in Bed 

Like the juvenile that knows that adding "...in bed" to the end of every sentence will likely be funny, provocative, or at least get a rise, doing Philosophy of Education often amounts to adding "...in the classroom" to the end of concepts. Spinoza as educator.... It at least matches, like the bedroom, education's pervasive yet …

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Defining Education 

Education— To applaud, to exalt revolt in all its forms, and more particularly that of child against its own family;...to pride oneself on having personally broken some shackles.... Enough of this complicity in degradation which welds the generations, one with another; enough of tacit understandings, of shameful solutions, of a rendezvous fixed for ultimate ruination. …

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Strange Beginnings: The Birth of Athena 

One day, according to the stories, Zeus' head was laid open to the light of day. It was split by the surgical strike of an ax, and out stepped Athena, full grown and fully armored. Some suggest that she arrived with a shout, causing the sky and earth to take notice, and by all accounts …

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