Between the Classical and Post-modern: Milestones and Central Approaches in Humanistic Education

Part of the Philosophy and Education book series (PHED, volume 9)

Like a shark that is born a shark and a dolphin born a dolphin, human beings are born human beings. But unlike the shark whose life embodies its shark-like nature and the dolphin whose life manifests its dolphin-like nature (and it appears that this is true of all other animals), human beings live wondering about their nature, seeking in vain to characterize and define it, and do not know (in the words of Ecclesiastes) "what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their lives." In other words, from the time humans are capable of thinking, they are aware of their own reality and life in the world next to other creatures: but how to live their lives, what content and meaning to give it, and what character or ethos they will adopt in their relationships with their natural and human environment - these are no longer facts, but weighty and challenging questions that compel the individual, day in, day out, to choose and decide.

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