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Education and the Common Good


reviewed by Neville V. Scarfe - 1962

coverTitle: Education and the Common Good
Author(s): P. H. Phenix
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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The subtitle of this book, "A Moral Philosophy of the Curriculum," indicates that the author is calling for the reinvestment of moral and spiritual values in the curriculum. The book's central theme is the distinction between the life of desire or self-satisfaction narrowly conceived, and the life of worth, goodness, and excellence, conceived in terms of a moral commitment. Phenix claims that a commitment to what is excellent is not only the cardinal goal of instruction, but the key to the meaning of democracy. It was to be expected that Phenix's next book would be somewhat along these lines. One who has read his previous works would recognize here many instances where older ideas reappear, often in a new context, and it cannot be said that the new book represents any significant departure from his former position. One important value of Education and the Common Good is that it is not intended... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 64 Number 3, 1962, p. 255-255
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2989, Date Accessed: 11/13/2019 8:53:23 PM

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