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Existential Philosophy and the Promise of Education

Learning from Myths and Metaphors

Mordechai Gordon

Myths and metaphors share not only an ability to call our attention to aspects of our world of which we were previously unaware, but also a propensity toward symbolic meanings and interpretations. In Existential Philosophy and the Promise of Education: Learning from Myths and Metaphors, Professor Gordon draws on some well-known myths and metaphors of various Existentialist thinkers and writers as a lens and an interpretative framework with which to explore a variety of issues in philosophy of education. His book argues that symbolic or metaphorical interpretations can offer us representations of problems in education that go beyond what we can gain when we consider them only in their literal sense. Existential Philosophy and the Promise of Education is an excellent classroom text for a variety of foundations courses, including the Philosophy of Education.


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I would like to thank Chris Myers, my editor at Peter Lang Press, who showed great faith in this project from the very outset and provided me with con- tinuous support. Special thanks to the entire production team at Peter Lang including Sophie Appel, Bernadette Shade, and all of the other dedicated individuals who helped make this book a joy to work on. Finally, I am grateful to my wife Gabriela Gerstenfeld who enabled me to spend many nights and weekends writing, editing, and bringing this project to fruition.

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