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Whitehead, Process Philosophy, and Education


reviewed by John Cobb 1983

coverTitle: Whitehead, Process Philosophy, and Education
Author(s): Robert S. Brumbaugh
Publisher: University Press of America, Lanham
ISBN: 0819184845, Pages: , Year: 1984
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Brumbaugh boldly states that we are now passing through only the second great revolution in Western education. The first was the rise of Greek rationalism. Although the Greeks never lost sight of particulars, the course of this great tradition led to a one-sided formalism. Our century has seen renewed attention to the particular in art and philosophy. Education needs to embody the particular and the form in proper balance. Brumbaugh finds help in the contemporary expressions of the Platonic tradition, and especially in the thought of Alfred North Whitehead. Whitehead wrote explicitly on education. Brumbaugh finds value and importance in Whitehead’s best-known contribution, the discussion of the phases of learning as romance, precision, and satisfaction. Indeed, he formalizes these three phases and displays at some length how in practice much education either omits necessary phases or presents them in a changed order, thereby failing in the educational task. He shows, for... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 85 Number 2, 1983, p. 329-331
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 888, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 9:37:37 AM

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  • John Cobb
    School of Theology, Claremont, California
    JOHN B. COBB, JR., is Ingraham Professor of Theology at the School of Theology at Claremont and Avery Professor of Religion at the Claremont Graduate School. He is also director of the Center for Process Studies.
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