At Home in the World: Human Nature, Ecological Thought, and Education after Darwin

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SUNY Press, Jul 2, 2010 - Education - 229 pages
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Challenging conventional understanding of humans as selfish and competitive at their core, At Home in the World asserts that we have evolved as a profoundly social species, biologically related to the rest of the natural world, and at home on the only planet for which we are adapted to live. Eilon Schwartz traces the history of Darwinism, examining attempts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to apply Darwin’s theories to educational philosophy and analyzing trends since the reemergence of Darwinism toward the end of the twentieth century. Identifying with the Darwinian interpretations of Peter Kropotkin, John Dewey, and Mary Midgley, Schwartz argues for a compelling educational philosophy rooted in our best scientific understandings of human nature.

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The Making of Darwinism
Natures Lessons Applying Evolutionary Theory to Educational Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century
Deweys Darwinism Human Nature and the Interdependence of Life
Mary Midgley and the Ecological Telos
A Darwinian Education

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Eilon Schwartz is Lecturer at the Melton Center for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Executive Director of the Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership in Tel Aviv.

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