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My Teaching, My Philosophy

Kenneth Wain and the Lifelong Engagement with Education

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Edited By John Baldacchino, Simone Galea and Duncan P. Mercieca

My Teaching, My Philosophy brings together twenty of the most prominent thinkers on education, philosophy, art, and literature to converse with Kenneth Wain and the many facets of his work. It shows how Wain’s passionate engagement with various issues, most prominently philosophy and education, continues to re-generate new ideas and thoughts through his philosophical method. This book gives Wain’s philosophy the attention it deserves and succeeds in continuing an open-ended philosophical conversation with its readers. My Teaching, My Philosophy is a must-read for anyone wanting to get a snapshot on the most recent thinking on philosophy of education.
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16. Art, Paralogy, and Education: In Conversation with Kenneth Wain’s Philosophical Interlocutors

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Every ultimate fact is only the first of a new series. Every general law only a particular fact of some more general law presently to disclose itself. There is no outside, no inclosing wall, no circumference to us. The man finishes his story,—how good! how final! How it puts a new face on all things! He fills the sky. Lo! on the other side rises also a man, and draws a circle around the circle we had just pronounced the outline of the sphere. Then already is our first speaker not man, but only a first speaker. His only redress is forthwith to draw a circle outside of his antagonist.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1990, p. 167)

To see keeping a conversation going as a sufficient aim of philosophy, to see wisdom as consisting in the ability to sustain a conversation, is to see human beings as generators of new descriptions rather than beings one hopes to be able to describe accurately.

— Richard Rorty (1990, p. 378)

Education seems to be characterized by permanent crisis. Taking a leaf from Alasdair MacIntyre while disagreeing with his proposal that an educated public must look back at premodern models, Kenneth Wain argued that, “MacIntyre’s call for a return to the notion of a public and, more specifically, of an educated public, is on the right track.” (Wain, 1995a, p. 121) Though with tangible reservations, Wain still finds merit in MacIntyre’s essay, “The Idea of an...

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