Imitation and Education: A Philosophical Inquiry into Learning by Example

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SUNY Press, Jan 8, 2009 - Education - 167 pages
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Imitation and Education provides an in-depth reassessment of learning by example that places imitation in a larger social context. It is the first book to bring together ancient educational thought and startling breakthroughs in the fields of cognitive science, psychology, and philosophy to reconsider how we learn from the lives of others. Bryan R. Warnick addresses how we become exemplars, analyzes how exemplars inspire imitation, and assesses the meaning and value of imitation in education and society, including how teachers can better use examples and what should be done about problems such as the imitation of media violence. Warnick constructs a provocative, cautionary, yet hopeful account of learning by example that acknowledges the power of social contexts in shaping human lives.
 

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Contents

The Problems of Imitation and Human Exemplarity
1
AN OUTLINE
9
The Historical Tradition of Human Exemplarity Its Contributions and Assumptions
13
ENLIGHTENMENT CRITICISM AND NONIMITATIVE EXEMPLARS
18
AN INITIAL ASSESSMENT
26
How Do People Become Examples?
31
THE NATURE OF EXAMPLES
33
HOW DOES SOMETHING BECOME AN EXAMPLE?
37
IMITATION INITIATION AND EDUCATION
97
FACTORS INFLUENCING IMITATIVE MEANING
100
IMITATION AND COMMUNITIES OF LEARNING
105
CONCLUSION
107
Imitation Exemplarity and Moral Reason
109
THE PRACTICAL OBJECTION TO IMITATING EXAMPLES
110
A SOCIAL RESPONSE TO THE PRACTICAL OBJECTION
113
THE THEORETICAL OBJECTION TO IMITATING EXAMPLES
119

EDUCATIONAL IMPLICATIONS
44
CONCLUSION
49
How Do Examples Bring Out Imitation?
53
THE LINK BETWEEN ACTION AND PERCEPTION
57
THE SENSE OF SELF AND THE IMITATIVE SORTING MECHANISM
61
THE NARRATIVESELF THEORY OF IMITATION
65
THE SOCIAL NATURE OF NARRATIVE AND IMITATION
73
EDUCATIONAL IMPLICATIONS
77
CONCLUSION
82
The Social Meanings of Imitation
83
THE MEANINGS OF FOLLOWING AN EXAMPLE
87
IMITATION AND COMMUNITY IDENTITY
93
A SOCIAL RESPONSE TO THE THEORETICAL OBJECTION
120
CONCLUSION
125
How Can We Evaluate Human Exemplars?
127
ANCIENT SKEPTICISM EXEMPLARITY AND CRITICALITY
129
THE TURN TO PRACTICES AND EXEMPLAR ROTATION
134
A CONCLUSION
136
A Social Analysis of Exemplarity and Imitation
139
Notes
147
References
153
Index
163
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Bryan R. Warnick is Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Education at the Ohio State University.

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