Imitation and Education: A Philosophical Inquiry into Learning by Example

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SUNY Press, 2009 - Education - 178 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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1 The Problems of Imitation and Human Exemplarity
2 The Historical Tradition of Human Exemplarity
3 How Do People Become Examples?
4 How Do Examples Bring Out Imitation?
5 The Social Meanings of Imitation
6 Imitation Exemplarityand Moral Reason
7 How Can We Evaluate Human Exemplars?
8 A Social Analysis of Exemplarity and Imitation

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Page 1 - These Arabs, the man Mahomet, and that one century, — is it not as if a spark had fallen, one spark, on a world of what seemed black unnoticeable sand; but lo, the sand proves explosive powder, blazes heaven-high from Delhi to Grenada ! I said, the Great Man was always as lightning out of Heaven; the rest of men waited for him like fuel, and then they too would flame.

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Bryan R. Warnick is Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Education at the Ohio State University.

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