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Higher Education and the Human Spirit


reviewed by Howard L. Parsons 1954

coverTitle: Higher Education and the Human Spirit
Author(s): Bernard E. Meland
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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To understand the importance of Meland's message for education, we must first get before us his "organismic" view of the world and of man. Our experienced world is a complex of infinite events, forever interacting, changing, and developing toward novel qualities and outcomes. Man is a wave in this sea of process, continuous with it and immersed in it, yet, on his spiritual side, qualitatively different from it. Body, mind, and spirit are progressive levels of structure and quality reared by the creative activity of God. Man directly perceives events through the unitary sensing and responding of his body. But the wisdom of the body is not sufficient to guide man or supply the vital impetus to his fulfillment. The body bears along and sustains the life of the conscious mind. It bequeathes to the mind depth and width of feeling, regularity, the sharpness of "animal alertness"; it puts an otherwise simple,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 55 Number 5, 1954, p. 278-278
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4859, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 7:46:20 AM

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