Kaleidoscopes : an imaginative look at the aesthetic and existential dimensions of education

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

Abstract: The major purpose of this study is to offer an explanation of an aesthetic theory of knowledge as well as to illustrate the usefulness of aesthetics as a lens for examining issues in educational theory. Arising from the belief that man is essentially spirit, and that he has a will or directing force within that makes him intentionally purposeful, the study attempts to examine that spiritual definition in ethical terms, that is, in terms of what constitutes intelligent and authentic choice. Three questions arise from such a definition: what comprises man's artistic capacities, what is the role of the imagination in perception and cognition, and what are appropriate criteria of judgment with which to evaluate educational decisions. These questions are addressed in the three parts of the paper.

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Language: English
Date: 1981
Education $x Philosophy
Aesthetics $x Education
Knowledge, Theory of $x Education

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