CONFLUENCES Intercultural Journeying in Research and Teaching: From Hermeneutics to a Changing World Order - Current Perspectives on Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Education (Paperback)David Geoffrey Smith (author)
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Publisher: Information Age Publishing
Number of pages: 480
""Now and then a clear and authentic voice emerges from the surrounding cacophony as the machinery of the education establishment relentlessly grinds away: a voice of conscience and wisdom rising above the babble of technocratic, bureaucratic, ideological, and market-driven survivalism that permeates educational discourse today. I recognize such a voice in this newest book by Canadian educator Professor David Geoffrey Smith. Smith's "reading the world," to use Paulo Freire's expression, is particularly helpful to us in today's world teeter-tottering between denial and panic. I firmly believe that any hope for sanity in our time rests in our collectively and individually investigating how we have gotten ourselves into this current material and existential predicament. Smith's investigation shows an incredible intellectual depth of understanding gained through plumbing Western and Eastern philosophical traditions in an intercultural life journey on three continents through forty years of teaching and research. I delight in hearing his voice of wisdom that insists, for instance, that the nature of reality cannot be reduced to "any human construct, scientific or otherwise" and that we must "die into a new human freedom found in the joy of a new shared reality." Ultimately, his is a voice of unwavering hopefulness and a gaze that courageously faces a challenging world. I value his work more than any others' in the contemporary curriculum theory field.""- Heesoon Bai Professor, Philosophy of Education Simon Fraser University, Canada
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