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Great Books Panacea or What?


reviewed by Martin S. Dworkin - 1953

coverTitle: Great Books Panacea or What?
Author(s): Edward A. Fitzpatrick
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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When Hegel was rector of the Gymnasium at Nuremberg in 1809, he delivered an address "On Classical Studies" which has been overlooked in the controversy about the place of the Great Books in education. Underlining his topical remarks on the German secondary schooling of the day were two principal themes, probing more directly into the problems of the matter than most of the fuzzy verbosities of the protagonists of our time. If, he said, we wish to found our teaching on the highest quality of materials, we must ineluctably find our way to the great works of our heritage. This we may characterize as an external argument, treating the purposes, as well as the content, of teaching. As a second theme, Hegel gave a fascinatingly unencumbered statement of what he was later to call "alienation" and "reconciliation": that it is the nature of the mind to leave the proximate for the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 54 Number 6, 1953, p. 346-346
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4943, Date Accessed: 9/26/2020 2:16:32 AM

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