Ignatian Pedagogy and the Faith That Does Justice

Roger Bergman

in Catholic Social Learning

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233281
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241736 | DOI:
Ignatian Pedagogy and the Faith That Does Justice

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This chapter presents the Pedagogical Circle as the appropriate and necessary extension of the insight about the importance of personal encounter. It traces the evolution of the pedagogical circle from the well-known Pastoral Circle of Holland and Henriot, through the “see-judge-act” methodology of Catholic Social Action, to the long-honed practices of Ignatian pedagogy, to the phronesis or practical reasoning of Aristotle. The philosophical and ecclesial pedigree of the Pedagogical Circle demonstrates that it need not be thought of as exclusively the property of Jesuit education but is equally at home in all Catholic educational enterprises. This chapter helps make the important point that the insights of Ignatian pedagogy do not belong to Jesuits and their collaborators alone, but rather to the entire Church, with deep roots in classical antiquity.

Keywords: Pedagogical Circle; Pastoral Circle; Catholic Social Action; Ignatian pedagogy; phronesis

Chapter.  5857 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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