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[Xmca-l] Re: The tradition of BILDUNG



Thanks Larry--- Very interesting connections for sure. When you start to
parse dialogue as "through the word" it makes a clear connection with words
as mediators, and the emphasis on trans-action instead of inter-action also
seems central in this regard.
mike


On Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 12:32 AM, Larry Purss <lpscholar2@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dewey wrote a passage in "Democracy and Education" which stated:
> "If we are willing to conceive education as the process of *forming*
> fundamental dispositions, intellectual and emotional, toward nature and
> fellow-men, philosophy may even be defined AS THE GENERAL THEORY OF
> EDUCATION" [emphasis in original] (p.338)
>
> James Garrison, in the article "Identifying Traces of Hegelian BILDUNG in
> Dewey's Philosophical System" has this to say concerning the above quote by
> Dewey:
>
> "It is however, easy to interpret this statement if we think of philosophy
> and education as BILDUNG. Dispositions are habits or attitudes that are
> formed [BILD] primarily by participating in the norms, beliefs, and values
> of institutionalized social practices" [page 3]
>
> Dewey wrote passionately about *education THROUGH life* in contrast to the
> value of *education FOR life*
> The Greek term *dia* in *dialogue* means *through*. Therefore, dialogue is
> expression THROUGH logos [word].
>
> The terms *bild* [form] within *bildung* and the term *dia* [through]
> within dialogue are intimately related concepts that express a *tradition*
> [and a genre] which links Hegel's and Vygotsky's and Dewey's projects in a
> bildung tradition which shares a*resemblance* or *affinity* within the
> bildung tradition with roots in neo-humanist understandings.
>
> Kozulin, I believe is writing within this spirit of *bildung* as
> incarnating *spirit* THROUGH [dia] life.
> If we this summer read  chapters four [Tool and Symbol in Human
> Development] and five  [Thought and Language] of Kozulin's  book.
>
> Returning to James Garrison, He wrote,
>
> "We could describe this whole process of endless learning and growth as
> dialectic, a hermeneutic circle, or, my preference, a trans-action. We
> could also call what I have been describing is a philosophy of BILDUNG. My
> paper briefly examines some aspects of the architectonic of Dewey's
> philosophy as constituents of a philosophy of BILDUNG" [page 2]
>
> The article can be found at this address:
>
>  http://www.philosophy.uncc.edu/mleldrid/SAAP/USC/program.html
>
> Larry Purss
>