Enhancing Humanity: The Philosophical Foundations of Humanistic Education

| June 29, 2011

Title: Enhancing Humanity: The Philosophical Foundations of Humanistic Education

Author: Nimrod Aloni

Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers

Call No.: LC1011 .A57 2002

From the publisher:

Drawing on the tradition of Pragmatic Humanism, this book offers an alternative approach to thinking and talking about liberal and humanistic education that breaks free from what Richard Rorty has called “outworn vocabularies and attitudes.”
This book:

-aims to reach beyond and integrate the Classical, Romantic, Existentialist, and Radical Approaches;
-presents an integrative model of humanistic education that will address the needs and trends of humanity at the beginning of the 21st century;
-provides an historical review of central approaches in humanistic education;
-focuses on the principles and ways of humanistic moral education;
-concludes with a critical and prescriptive discussion of humanistic education in the test of current social, political, and cultural events.

About the author:

Professor Nimrod Aloni of Hakibbutzim College of Education and Beit-Berl College of Education in Israel graduated from the Philosophy and Education doctoral program in 1987. He is author ofseveral widely read books including Enhancing Humanity: The Philosophical Foundations of Humanistic Education (Dordrecht, Boston, London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002.) and Beyond Nihilism: Nietzsche’s Healing and Edifying Philosophy (Lanham: University Press of America, 1991.). He is a regular visitor to the program.

Reviews:

“There is a freshness in this book, a restoration of a lost clarity, a regaining of authentic commitment. No longer oriented to an `essence’ of what it means to be human, `humanism’ in the context of this book cannot be used to paper over what has become a kind of wasteland where values are concerned. Nor can it be used to suggest that contemporary education (public or private or religious) is governed by identifiable principle or communally defined and accepted ideal.”
(Professor Maxine Greene)