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Spirituality, Ethics, Religion, and Teaching

A Professor‘s Journey


Robert J. Nash

This book is a first-person, pedagogical reflection on what the author – an applied philosopher with an appointment in a professional school – has learned about being a teacher and a student, over a thirty-five-year career in a «public ivy» university. This narrative candidly recounts a series of life-changing, intellectual, and emotional insights gleaned over three decades from students, colleagues, scholars, and mentors. The author’s personal story traces the struggle to create a passionate spirituality of teaching, one that reframes traditional notions of religion and spirituality, as well as one that attempts to correct conventional misunderstandings of postmodernism. Nash’s story is every educator’s story – lived in unique ways at every level of teaching.