The right philosophy does exist

Dear Lene and Thomas:

You wrote:

With increasing societal complexity, it is obvious that we must create education, symbols, aesthetics, epistemologies, Bildung, and ego-development that allows us to make sense of the reality around us, to navigate it safely and find meaning and purpose in it. It is equally obvious that we need to develop a sense of belonging in still bigger circles and that we need institutions and pedagogical philosophies for this that do not exist yet. (p. 386)

If you had read The Six Virtues of the Educated Person (TSVOTEP, 2009), you would know that such a pedagogical philosophy does exist.

TSVOTEP (2009) described a five-element system of education that (1) starts with an educational core belief, (2) has six virtue development as its purpose, (3) is governed by six-virtue citizens, (4) forms communitarian structures, and (5) promotes an aesthetic improvement paradigm.

Furthermore, your descriptions of Bildung and the Nordic folk high schools suggest that “Bildung” people demonstrate the six virtues of the educated person: (1) understanding, (2) imagination, (3) strong character, (4) courage, (5) humility and (6) generosity.  

Apparently, we are searching for the same thing. The difference is that I read your book and mine. You did not, yet, read mine. If you do, enlighten me about why the six virtues are, or are NOT, the path toward the better world that all three of us want.


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