A mythic canon of education : response to political and spiritual alienation

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Roma Bowen Joyce (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
David E. Purpel

Abstract: Personal and societal alienation in the 20th century means that we as social beings, conditioned now by the values of utilitarianism rather than those of the spirit, experience profound anxiety and insecurity about our lives. Lacking general individual access, as potential social critics, to the expressive media, we experience life not as pleasure but increasingly as the frustration of a steady process of dehumanization. It is the purpose of the present research to assess the problem of alienation with respect to its significance for education and to investigate the possible wider vision that one style of educational reconceptualization might suggest. The method integrates the perspectives of three studies: religion, myth, and education theory. Drawing on the work of Jung, Neumann, Eliade, Campbell, Brueggemann, and others, the discussion is qualitative and hermeneutic, rather than quantitative or statistical, to the extent that it rests on a series of theoretical constructs and then attempts, not a conflation, but an assimilation of those generalizations out of related but unconnected disciplines into the new language of a proposed alternative view of the meaning and purpose of education in and for our culture.

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Language: English
Date: 1988
Education $x Philosophy
Education $x Aims and objectives
Alienation (Philosophy)
Spiritualism (Philosophy)

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