Philosophical Sojourns in Aesthetics, Existence, and Education
This collection of seven speculative and critical essays initiates a journey, inviting readers to abide, for a short time, with philosophical themes emerging from aesthetics, poetry, existentialism, and education. It opens vistas into the insightful wisdom of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Jaspers, Rilke, and Plato’s Socrates. The book confronts such perennial issues as the practice of philosophy as a way of life, the understanding of subjecthood and human transcendence, the pursuit of ethical knowledge in ways that inform and direct the choices we make in the company of others, and the philosophical quest for unique ways of learning that transcend contemporary practices embracing standardization and adopting an instrumental approach to education. This book is novel in that it offers these insights across broad, but related, fields of study, for, although essentially a philosophy text, it provides scholarly inroads to the academic fields of literary critique, classical studies, psychology, and educational theory. The text could be effectively employed as a secondary avenue of study in institutions of higher learning, supplementing primary philosophical sources in the curriculum. In addition to programs offering advanced degrees, the book also serves as a challenging introductory text for students at the undergraduate level demonstrating an interest in, and proclivity for, philosophy.
Dr James M. Magrini taught at the College of Dupage, USA, for 15 years as an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Ethics. His academic work has been published in over 50 peer-reviewed academic journals, and this is his eighth book. Magrini received the 2017 Michael Oliker Award for excellence in the philosophy of education, and, in 2013, he was selected as The Outstanding Part-Time Liberal Arts Instructor at the College of Dupage. Now an independent scholar, he continues to research and publish as a full member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS).
"James Magrini’s new collection of essays, Philosophical Sojourns in Aesthetics, Existence, and Education, is remarkably rich with ideas and existential lessons. Magrini is a superb and prolific scholar, and all of his books deserve our attention. In this collection, he ranges widely over the writings of Plato, Nietzsche, Jaspers, and Heidegger to draw out an understanding of philosophy that, as he puts it, “is an active and ever-renewed practice…a life-task and vocation.” Every essay is meticulously researched and presented, but much more than that, in every essay, he guides the reader to the existential heart of the matter under consideration. These essays are not only learned and in some respects ground-breaking (his discussion of Heidegger’s Socrates), but they are also deeply wise. Magrini’s beautiful humane sensibility makes these essays shine brilliantly."
Richard Capobianco, Professor of Philosophy, Stonehill College
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