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In: The Continuing Relevance of John Dewey
In: Shusterman’s Pragmatism

Abstract:

The present text presents George Santayana's philosophy of education as seen from the perspective of its possible impact on acting against barbarism and fanaticism in contemporary contexts. The main assumption of this perspective states that education should not be limited to a formal school education, but constitute a life project that uses liberal arts and philosophy as central pieces, and in which 'moral progress' should be seen as a more profound understanding of life in its various modes and its fuller satisfaction. As such, it would limit, if not exclude, the manifestations of fanaticism and barbarity around, since the former provides us with shortsighted, tragic actions and the latter articulates a shallow worldview and perspective, both being deprived of a long-term outlook with more significance. Santayana's educational project assumes that a better and happier society can be had by having wiser and happier individuals, although its controversial point may be its elitism and aristocratism that predominantly comes from the Greek sources in Santayana's thought. The author of this text thinks that Santayana's philosophy can be instrumental in today's reflections on education in the world, in which frustration and negative feelings are so commonly met in the members of the public despite the highest access rates to education ever known, and as if knowledge-oriented education had lost its classical sense in making a good life its focal point.

In: The Life of Reason in an Age of Terrorism
In: Practicing Philosophy as Experiencing Life: Essays on American Pragmatism
In: Practicing Philosophy as Experiencing Life: Essays on American Pragmatism
Practicing Philosophy as Experiencing Life: Essays on American Pragmatism is a collection of texts written by top international experts on American philosophy. They consider various strands of American pragmatism from the viewpoint of practical philosophy, and provide the historical background and an outline of the international encounter with other philosophical traditions. Many key figures of American thought and pragmatist philosophy are discussed. The volume combines a panorama of approaches and gives a wide scope of problems: ethical, religious, social, political, cultural, ontological, cognitive, anthropological, and others, so as to show that pragmatism can be seen as a philosophy of life and as such it focuses on the life problems of contemporary humans in particular and of humanity in general.

Contributors are: Jacquelyn Ann K. Kegley, John Lachs, Sami Pihlström , Krzysztof Piotr Skowroński, Kenneth W. Stikkers, and Emil Višňovský
In: Practicing Philosophy as Experiencing Life: Essays on American Pragmatism
In: John Lachs's Practical Philosophy
In: John Lachs's Practical Philosophy
In: The Continuing Relevance of John Dewey