Download e-book for iPad: Alchemy at the Chalkface: Pirsig, Pedagogy and the by Alan McManus

By Alan McManus

ISBN-10: 1514705761

ISBN-13: 9781514705766

This e-book identifies a frequent conceptual vagueness in and schooling this day over ‘quality’ and unearths that the Metaphysics of caliber of Robert M. Pirsig presents a beneficial rationalization. It situates Pirsig’s resolution either philosophically and on the subject of the hot Physics, simplifying and clarifying his terminology and increasing his ethical hierarchy. the choice philosophical legacy of Hermeticism is tested, focussing at the expertise of the transformation of reduce into better caliber, alchemy, steered by way of key virtues of holism and amelioration. Alchemy is re-evaluated (and alchemical vanitas interrogated) and hired as a robust paradigm for this modification. A mnemonic scheme is hired to constitution, illustrate and additional the argument of every bankruptcy via personification in regular characters, historical and glossy. the traditional characters are Græco-Roman divinities. the fashionable characters portrayed are academics; but the new paradigm of caliber illustrated additionally has implications outwith the sphere of schooling.

Alan McManus, M.Theol.(hons), M.Phil, PGDE, M.Litt., Ph.D., is a contract educational, novelist, playwright and dramaturg. purely Say The observe: putting forward homosexual and Lesbian Love, released by means of Christian substitute in 2013, is the 1st in a chain of concerns of the moral implications of his examining of pirsigian metaphysics and is through existence selection: the Ethics and Ideologies of Abortion. This doctoral thesis and his Master’s dissertation (which is released as Dreaming Anarchy: a Shut-Eye View of a Utopia) are mentioned in his bankruptcy, “Strange Attractors: fantasy, Dream, and reminiscence in academic Methodology”, within the overseas guide of Interpretation in academic learn released via Springer, 2015. He has additionally released articles on political philosophy and WW1 remembrance within the on-line magazine, Citizenship, Social and Economics schooling. He has released novellas and one novel of his Bruno Benedetti Mysteries, a chain of inclusive tales set in Glasgow, with one other coming near near. His twitter tackle is @gumptionology.

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