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For the Love of Perfection: Richard Rorty and Liberal Education


reviewed by Walter Feinberg - 1996

coverTitle: For the Love of Perfection: Richard Rorty and Liberal Education
Author(s): Rene Vincente Arcilla
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 041591051X, Pages: , Year: 1995
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The central task of René Arcilla’s For the Love of Perfection is to develop a philosophy of liberal education that combines the strengths of metaphysical questioning, which he associates with the work of Allan Bloom and Robert Hutchins, with the rejection of closed, dogmatic metaphysical discourse, a rejection he associates with Dewey and Rorty. The result of this combination, he believes, would be a nonmetaphysical, open-ended quest for moral perfectionism. In the process of developing his argument he provides an insightful examination of Rorty’s ideas, and their philosophical roots and educational implications. Arcilla believes that the primary differences between Bloom and Hutchins, on the one hand, and Rorty and Dewey, on the other, centers on. the importance they give to the role of metaphysics in education. Hutchins sought to ground educational practice in metaphysical first principles and his follower, Allan Bloom, blames the loss of interest in metaphysics for the reported... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 98 Number 2, 1996, p. 354-357
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9625, Date Accessed: 10/20/2019 10:58:05 PM

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