Rethinking the Role of Education
After years of negotiating an education system dominated by the language of competition, performance, and economic advancement, students and teachers often long for something different; they seek not just measurable success but also opportunities to ask searching questions of themselves and the world they encounter. Happiness, Hope, and Despair makes an important contribution toward meeting this need. It fosters a rethinking of the nature, purpose, and value of education, and opens up possibilities for further scholarly and professional inquiry.
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Chapter 1 is reprinted with the permission of the Philosophy of Education Society. Originally published as Peter Roberts, “Education, Faith, and Despair: Wrestling with Kierkegaard,” in Philosophy of Education 2013, ed. C. Mayo (Urbana, Illinois: Philosophy of Education Society, 2013), 277–285. The original version is available online at http://ojs.ed.uiuc.edu/index.php/pes/index. Parts of the paper have been expanded for publication in the current volume.
Chapter 2 is based on Roberts, P. (2015). Doubt, despair and hope in Western thought: Unamuno and the promise of education. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 47 (in press). By permission of the publisher (Taylor & Francis Group: www.tandfonline.com).
An earlier version of chapter 3 was published as Roberts, P. (2011). Attention, asceticism and grace: Simone Weil and higher education. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 10(3), 315–328. By permission of the publisher (Sage Publications: sagepub.com).
Chapter 4 draws, in part, on Roberts, P. (2008). Liberation, oppression and education: Extending Freirean ideas. Journal of Educational Thought, 42(1), 83–97. By permission of the editor.
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