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Tagore, Dewey, and the Imminent Demise of Liberal Education

Martha Nussbaum

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780195312881
Published online January 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195312881.003.0004

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Tagore, Dewey, and the Imminent Demise of Liberal Education

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This article examines the imminent demise of liberal education and the relevant works of Rabindranath Tagore and John Dewey. It suggests that though Tagore and Dewey never met or worked together, their thought was similarly inspired by the deadness of traditional education, its failure to stimulate criticism of tradition, and its failure to cultivate sympathy. They are kindred spirits in their insistence on the crucial importance of a pedagogy that enlivens and activates, whose shared legacy is today deeply threatened. The article provides four examples which illustrate in different ways a profound crisis in education today and describes the three values or abilities that are particularly crucial to citizenship in a pluralistic democratic society that is part of an interlocking world.

Keywords: liberal education; Rabindranath Tagore; John Dewey; pedagogy; values; citizenship; democratic society

Article.  5854 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy ; Epistemology

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