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The Crisis of Western Education

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The Crisis of Western Education by Christopher Dawson
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This title presents works of Christopher Dawson. ""The Crisis of Western Education"", originally published in 1961, served as a capstone of Christopher Dawson's thought on the Western educational system. Long out of print, the book has now been updated with a new introduction by Glenn W. Olsen and is included in the ongoing ""Works of Christopher Dawson"" series. In all of his writings, Dawson masterfully brings various disciplinary perspectives and historical sources into a complex unity of expression and applies them to concrete conditions of modern society. Dawson argued that Western culture had become increasingly defined by a set of economic and political preoccupations ultimately hostile to its larger spiritual end. Inevitably, its educational systems also became increasingly technological and pragmatic, undermining the long standing emphasis on liberal learning and spiritual reflection which were hallmarks of the Christian humanism that created it. In this important work on the Western educational system, Dawson traces the history of these developments and argues that Western civilization can only be saved by redirecting its entire educational system from its increasing vocationalism and specialization. He insists that the Christian college must be the cornerstone of such an educational reform. However, he argued that this redirection would require a much more organic and comprehensive study of the living Christian tradition than had been attempted in the past. Dawson had reservations about educational initiatives that had been developed in response to this crisis of education. Among them, he expressed doubts about newly emerging great books programs fearing that they would reduce the great tradition of a living culture to a set of central texts or great ideas. In contrast, he insisted that a Christian education had to be concerned with 'how spiritual forces are transmitted and how they change culture, often in unexpected ways'. This would require an understanding of the living and vital character of culture. As Dawson saw it, 'culture is essentially a network of relations, and it is only by studying a number of personalities that you can trace this network'. Dawson offers a diagnosis of modern education and proposes the retrieval of an organic and living culture which alone has the power to renew Western culture.

Author Biography

Widely praised as one of the most important Catholic historians of the twentieth century, CHRISTOPHER DAWSON (1889-1970) was author of numerous books, articles, and scholarly monographs. He was lecturer in the History of Culture, University College, Exeter; Gifford lecturer; Charles Chauncey Stillman Chair of Roman Catholic Studies at Harvard University from 1958 to 1962; and editor of the Dublin Review.
Release date Australia
February 15th, 2010
Contributor
Other Glenn W. Olsen
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
The Catholic University of America Press
Pages
168
Dimensions
140x216x18
ISBN-13
9780813216836
Product ID
3750266

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