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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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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, Mordechai 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. This book argues that symbolic or metaphorical interpretations can offer representations of problems in education that go beyond what can be gained when they are considered 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. “Mordechai Gordon exemplifies the best in contemporary philosophy of education. He writes clearly, imaginatively, and persuasively on the value of thinking deeply about education and schooling. In this remarkable book—one of the only books relating existentialism to education—Gordon offers several potent cases where existential writers are useful and important in addressing current educational issues.”

Wendy Kohli, Professor Emerita, Fairfield University; author of Critical Conversations in Philosophy of Education and Feminisms and Educational Research

“Existential Philosophy and the Promise of Education draws our attention to some of the exotic beasts inhabiting this continent of philosophy. Among other wonders, there are untiring boulder rollers, underground men, and giant cockroaches. Unlike many scholars who confine themselves to...

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