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Power over Power


reviewed by Maxine Greene - 1983

coverTitle: Power over Power
Author(s): David Nyberg
Publisher: Cornell University Press, Ithaca
ISBN: 0801494974, Pages: 200, Year: 1981
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In his “Philosophies of Freedom,” John Dewey laid great stress on the “intrinsic connection between choice as freedom and power of action as freedom.“1 His concern was for the “power of vision and reflection,” the “power-to-do” in relation to the actualization of freedom. David Nyberg may be the first educational thinker to take seriously the notion of power and its relevance, not only for a conceptualization of freedom, but for a philosophy of education as well. He is certainly the first to talk about teaching power and the “skills of freedom.” Disagreeing with Socrates in the Gorgias, Nyberg rejects the idea that a philosophy of power is antithetical to a philosophy of culture or education. If education has in part to do with empowering persons to make life plans for themselves, if it has anything to do with enabling them to act on their projects, it has to “speak to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 84 Number 3, 1983, p. 768-773
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 841, Date Accessed: 6/1/2020 1:41:56 AM

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  • Maxine Greene
    Teachers College, Columbia University
    MAXINE GREENE is the William F. Russell Professor in the Foundations of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is now working on a book, based on her John Dewey Lecture, which will be titled The Dialectic of Freedom.
 
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