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Title:
Becoming of Two Minds about Liberalism A Chronicle of Philosophical and Moral Development
Author:
Boyd, Dwight R. author.
ISBN:
9789463003193
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Physical Description:
XVIII, 344 p. online resource.
Series:
Moral Development and Citizenship Education
Contents:
Foreword -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- The Nature of This Book -- Part I. Liberalism Unpacked and Exemplified in Moral Education -- Part II. Breaking Out of the Liberal Cocoon: Moves Critical of My Liberal Allegiance -- Part III. Moral Education from the Perspective of Being of Two Minds -- Personal Prologue -- Very Early Impulses -- Early Encounters and Influences -- Major Influences during Graduate Study -- Influences from My Teaching Career at OISE -- Conceptual Moral Distinctions Fundamental to Liberalism as I Interpret It (1977) -- Personal Preface -- Introduction -- The Moralberry Pie -- The Moralberry Pie Applied to Kohlberg -- The Kohlberg-Rawls Connection: The Moral Core of Liberalism Exemplified in Representatives of Two Disciplines (1980) -- Personal Preface -- Introduction -- The Right Beginnings -- The Several Sides of Justice -- Persons as Subjects of Respect -- The Principle of Principles (1984) -- Personal Preface -- Introduction -- The Problem -- Justification of the Concern -- A Closer Look at the Conflict -- The Commonality -- An Alternative -- Concluding Comments -- Moral Education, Objectively Speaking (1989) -- Personal Preface -- Introduction -- A Refinement of the Problem -- A View of Objectivity -- Implications for the Problems of Objectivism and Subjectivism -- Moral Education, Objectively Speaking -- The Moral Part of Pluralism as the Plural Part of Moral Education (1992) -- Personal Preface -- Introduction -- Circumventing Some Conceptual Confusions for Some Metaphorical Leverage -- Facing Problems of Perspective -- Focusing in a Difficult Direction -- Reconceiving a Philosophical Problem as an Educational Task -- Constructing the Meaning of the Multicultural Mosaic through the Moral Conversation of Education -- A Question of Adequate Aims (1996) -- Personal Preface -- Introduction -- A Philosophical Focus on Conceptions of “Moral Relationship” -- Problems Resulting from Variation in Conceptions of “Moral Relationship” -- Problems Hidden by Commonality in Conceptions of “Moral Relationship” -- Conclusion -- Dominance Concealed through Diversity: Implications of Inadequate Perspectives on Cultural Pluralism (1996) -- Personal Preface -- Introduction -- The Dilemma of Diversity -- Popular Perspectives in Response to the Dilemma of Diversity -- Dominance through the Failure of the Three Perspectives -- Conclusion -- The Meaning of Dominance, the Dominance of Meaning, and the Morality of the Matter (2000) (Co-authored with Barbara Applebaum) -- Personal Preface -- Introduction -- Clarification of Focus -- Dominance through Meaning -- Effects on Individuals as Members of Social Groups -- Back to Ourselves: Examples Illuminated by Our Analysis -- Conclusion -- The Place of Locating Oneself(ves)/Myself(ves) in Doing Philosophy of Education (1998) -- Personal Preface -- Prelude -- Introduction -- Question One: How Is Education an Inherently Moral Endeavour? -- Question Two: What Are the Implications of Accepting This Characterization of the Moral Quality of Education for How I Should Understand My Participation in Educational Discourse? -- Interlude -- Question Three: If This Participation Necessitates My Sincere Assumption of the Performative Attitude, from Where Do I Start? -- Question Four: Given That I Am Unavoidably within Social Groups That Are Relationally Defined in Terms of Each Other, Why/How Does This Matter? -- Conclusion -- The Skeleton of Racism in Liberalism’s Closet: Rawls as Suspect (Unpublished) -- Personal Preface -- Introduction -- Instructions to the Grand Jury Regarding the Nature of the Case -- Some Historical Reasons to Worry -- The Contemporary “Test Case” of John Rawls’ Theory of Justice -- A Rawls Primer for the Jury -- A Return to the Critical Evidence -- Summary Statement to the Grand Jury -- What’s Wrong with Sharing Responsibility (Unpublished) -- Personal Preface -- Introduction -- What May Wants to Do and Why -- May’s Liberal Leanings -- How Conceiving Sharing Responsibility Can Go Wrong -- A Problematic Conflation of Kinds of Groups -- The Latitude of Attitudes -- Hiding as a Racially-Neutral Community Member -- Harmful Limits to Responsible Action: Racing to Innocence and Being Reasonable -- Conclusion -- The Legacies of Liberalism and Oppressive Relations: Facing a Dilemma for the Subject of Moral Education (2004) -- Personal Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- The Question of Human Subjectivity -- A Metaphorical and Personal Approach to the Commonplace of Individualism -- Vital Characteristics of the Glass Snake of ‘Liberal Individual’ Subjectivity and the Kind of Moral Work They Enable -- Racism as Mob-Like Activity -- The Subjectivity of (Oppressive) Group Membership -- Concluding Comments -- Character Education from the Left Field (2011) -- Personal Preface -- Introduction -- Why the Character Education Movement Should Be Seen as Essentially Conservative -- Character Education When Difference, Conflict, and Justice Are Taken Seriously: What We Get with John Rawls’ Theory of Justice -- A View of Justice and Related Virtues Beyond Rawls -- Conclusion -- Moral Education within Difference: Impediments to Appreciating the Moral Other (2013) -- Personal Preface -- Introduction -- Contextualizing Starting Points -- The Problems -- Liberalism as a Theoretical Framework for Moral Education: Promises and Problems (2013) -- Personal Preface -- Introduction -- Non-Moral Assumptions of Liberalism’s Theoretical Framework -- The Basic Building Blocks of Liberalism’s Normative Framework -- My Assessment of Liberalism as a Theoretical Framework for Moral Education: Promises and Problems -- Reflections on Moral Education -- Conclusion -- References -- Index.
Abstract:
Integrating scholarly essays and personal reflections, Becoming of Two Minds chronicles a unique philosophical odyssey, a developmental journey of coming to recognize the inadequacy of liberalism in the face of some egregious social problems such as racism, while also appreciating its strengths. A Personal Prologue describing the main intellectual influences on the author locates the origins of the journey and functions as a backdrop for its interpretation. Fifteen chronologically organized essays, divided into three parts, identify significant positions of contrast between the two minds, establishing the direction of the journey and indications of change. Essays in Part I reflect early allegiance to liberalism and explore its core ideas as they should be interpreted to guide moral education. Those in Part II express disaffection with that allegiance, taking a distinctly critical stance toward liberalism. Part III then consists of essays that represent attempts to come to terms with the becoming of two minds exemplified in the tension between the ideas about liberalism expressed in Parts I and II. A Personal Preface also introduces each of the fifteen essays. These Prefaces address questions such as why the problem of the essay was chosen, why it was approached in a particular way, and what place the essay assumes in the direction the author’s journey takes. .
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Integrating scholarly essays and personal reflections, Becoming of Two Minds chronicles a unique philosophical odyssey, a developmental journey of coming to recognize the inadequacy of liberalism in the face of some egregious social problems such as racism, while also appreciating its strengths. A Personal Prologue describing the main intellectual influences on the author locates the origins of the journey and functions as a backdrop for its interpretation.