Giving the Body Its Due: Autobiographical Reflections and Utopian Imaginings
by Joannie Halas & Jeanne Adele Kentel - 2008
Many conversations that link education and the body make the argument that people have to be healthy in order to get on with the real learning of school or work or life in general. In contrast, Joannie Halas and Jeanne Adele Kentel argue that the physical is integral to a good and worthwhile life per se, and not as a means to achieve some other better end. In other words, they directly challenge the mind-body split so endemic to modern Western thought. Part of their argument is that we comprehend ourselves and the world through our body, and the neglect of the physical impoverishes our understanding in fundamental ways. The body, mind, heart, and spirit are never discrete.
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