Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education

Education for Self-transformation

Essay Form as an Educational Practice

Authors: Kwak, Duck-Joo

  • Expounds a new modality of educational essay-writing and combines this with insightful recommendations for new pedagogical approaches to educator training
  • Introduces to educational researchers examples of unexplored yet richly productive writing and thinking methodologies
  • Synthesizes the ideas of key thinkers from different traditions in a way that will help secondary and university teachers responsible for curriculum development in the arts and humanities
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Exemplifying what it advocates, this book is an innovative attempt to retrieve the essay form from its degenerate condition in academic writing. Its purpose is to create pedagogical space in which the inner struggle of ‘lived experience’ can articulate itself in the first person. Working through essays, the modern, ‘post-secular’ self can guide, understand, and express its own transformation. This is not merely a book about writing methods: it has a sharp existential edge. 

Beginning by defining key terms such as ‘self-transformation’, Kwak sketches the contemporary debates between Jürgen Habermas and Charles Taylor on the status of religious language in the public domain, and its relationship to secular language. This allows her to contextualize her book’s central questions: how can philosophical practice reduce the experiential rift between knowledge and wisdom? How can the essay form be developed so that it facilitates, as praxis, pedagogical self-transformation? Kwak develops her answers by working through ideas of George Lukács and Stanley Cavell, of Hans Blumenberg and Søren Kierkegaard, whose work is much less familiar in this context than it deserves to be.

 Kwak’s work provides templates for new forms of educational writing, new approaches to teaching educators, and new ways of writing methodology for educational researchers. Yet the importance of her ideas extends far beyond teaching academies to classroom teachers, curriculum developers – and to anyone engaged in the quest to lead a reflective life of one’s own.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Education as Self-transformation and the Essay Form of Writing: Education for a Post-secular Age

    Kwak, Duck-Joo

    Pages 1-20

  • A Reflection on the Relation Between Philosophy and Life; Through Hans Blumenberg’s Work

    Kwak, Duck-Joo

    Pages 23-31

  • A Response to Modernity Between Reason and Faith: Kierkegaard’s Ideas of the Ethical Self and Subjectivity

    Kwak, Duck-Joo

    Pages 33-41

  • Practicing Philosophy, the Practice of Education: Exploring the Essay-Form Through Lukács’ Soul and Form

    Kwak, Duck-Joo

    Pages 43-58

  • Stanley Cavell’s Ordinary Language Philosophy as an Example of Practicing Philosophy in the Essay-Form: In Search of a Humanistic Approach to Teacher Education

    Kwak, Duck-Joo

    Pages 61-78

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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3706-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Education for Self-transformation
Book Subtitle
Essay Form as an Educational Practice
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education
Series Volume
3
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2401-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2401-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2400-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3706-8
Series ISSN
2214-9759
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 150
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