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Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Age of Truthiness and Twitter Hardcover – April 12, 2011
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“This is a profound deepening of Gardner’s earlier work on the various forms of intelligence. He now sees our ways of understanding the world as operating in, as it were, symphonic relations to each other, yielding the rich diversity that characterizes human thought in different cultural settings. This new book has a stunning freshness about it, a real leap forward. Bravo!”
“With this bravely imaginative book, fearlessly striking out in regularly contested terrain, Gardner has definitely established himself, along with his pantheon of mentors, Erikson, Bruner and Piaget, as one of the top social scientists of his age. Starting with his ground-breaking Frames of Mind, his genius has been marinating and now fully manifest in this marvelous book.”
“This book is not merely informative, although it is surely that. It helps us understand and provokes us to think more deeply about some of the most important questions we face in trying to live a full and rewarding life.”
“Howard Gardner, who may well be the most thoughtful educator writing today, has spent a lifetime thinking about how to address the multiplicity of intelligences that each child brings to the classroom. Extending that ecumenical stance to the broader project of what we ought to teach in this new century of digital media and cultural confrontation, he comes to open, engaging views about the daunting triplet: Truth, Beauty, Goodness. This is an ambitious and thoughtful book. As we struggle with education in a conflicted time, Howard Gardner’s voice is an inspiring one to have on our collective stage.”
“The author is a fluent and articulate writer, and his clarity is further enhanced by the helpful summaries that conclude each section or subsection…A clear and informative view of the changing classical virtues.”
“Worthwhile…. As always, Gardner writes lucidly: his formulations, though simple, are never simplistic. His book will likely find its way into classrooms and seminars but will excite curious general readers as well.”
“In his thoughtful analysis of the unprecedented technological changes in contemporary culture, Gardner wisely posits a symbiosis of the old with the new….This is a highly thoughtful book dealing with complex issues in an extraordinarily logical and rational manner.”
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“The great merit of this book lies in Gardner’s ability to talk plainly to teachers and teacher educators about the complex conceptual and technological world we live in and to explain what that complexity means for how we go about aiding students in inquiring into truth claims and making moral and aesthetic judgments. He seeks new understandings of the virtues of truth, beauty and goodness, and outlines ways in which contemporary teachers might effectively teach towards them…. [Gardner’s] clearly written and jargon-free book introduces us in a lively way to some age-old thorny problems surrounding inquiry into “truth,” “beauty,” and “goodness”; calls to our attention salient features of the context in which we presently operate; and offers us some rethinking of this trio of virtues and a set of practical suggestions for their pursuit in classrooms.”
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So many battles in our culture wars are explainable by the fact that most people will choose one favorite from the Three- G, T, or B, and use it to try to explain everything. It's the same problem encountered by the Six Blind People trying to describe an Elephant. Their separate opinions were each true- it's like a snake, a rope, a tree trunk, etc- but only partially so.
Is love an interior, subjective experience that I am having (the Beautiful), the exterior, objective facts of a certain arrangement of neuropeptides attaching to synapses (the True), or something that occurs between people (the Good)? The answer is, of course, yes.
Which is it? Is gay an interior experience of identity (the Beautiful), something defined by inter-subjective relationship (the Good) or is it a particular, objective configuration of hormones and grey matter (the True)? Or perhaps, "I'm spiritual (Beautiful), but not "religious" (Good), and I'm ambivalent about "science" (True). Etc.
While Gardner explains all of the Three clearly (as one would expect), his description and explanation of the Good is especially profound. Even careful scholars sometimes fall into the trap of trying to justify Morals (Good) in reasoned terms that are better suited to the True (which doesn't really work, of course). Gardner instead makes a strong case that the Good (Ethics) is justifiable on it's own terms.Read more ›
If one works in education, it is particularly important to know the ideas discussed in the book. But read it slowly, and underline much!
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Very good for my researches, enriching and informative. this is the kind of book I like to read.Very interesting. :-)Published on May 1, 2014 by Cathy
If you want to read a great book by an intelligent author, this is the right book for you. I enjoyed every page.Published on January 5, 2014 by Maria Fernanda Linares
I found it very repetitive I got tired of reading the same thing over and over. I like the message he has to say thoughPublished on June 15, 2013 by Gaye Jurisich
We were born into a world of truth, beauty and goodness. It was there before we arrived, in the discourses of our family, community, culture and society. Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Adam Samuels