Becoming of Two Minds about Liberalism: A Chronicle of by Dwight R. Boyd

By Dwight R. Boyd

Integrating scholarly essays and private reflections, changing into of 2 Minds chronicles a different philosophical odyssey, a developmental trip of coming to acknowledge the inadequacy of liberalism within the face of a few egregious social difficulties akin to racism, whereas additionally appreciating its strengths. a private Prologue describing the most highbrow affects at the writer locates the origins of the adventure and capabilities as a backdrop for its interpretation. Fifteen chronologically equipped essays, divided into 3 components, establish major positions of distinction among the 2 minds, setting up the course of the adventure and symptoms of switch. Essays partially I mirror early allegiance to liberalism and discover its middle rules as they need to be interpreted to steer ethical schooling. these partly II convey disaffection with that allegiance, taking a fairly serious stance towards liberalism. half III then comprises essays that characterize makes an attempt to come back to phrases with the turning into of 2 minds exemplified within the rigidity among the guidelines approximately liberalism expressed in elements I and II. a private Preface additionally introduces all the fifteen essays. those Prefaces handle questions comparable to why the matter of the essay used to be selected, why it used to be approached in a selected approach, and what position the essay assumes within the course the author's trip takes.

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Still, since I almost always finished my assigned lessons by noon, I did have hours every day to listen to the teacher’s lessons to the “big kids”, to play (on my own, of course), and, perchance, to think. ” Still, with only 19 classmates and only 120 in the whole school, the curriculum was far from rich. For example, no foreign languages were taught, English was mostly grammar, and only a little science and mathematics was offered. Football was king. Any students inclined in the direction of thinking about thinking were left to their own devices – if not outright discouraged for being seen as having their head in the clouds.

1 2 31 Chapter 1 In contrast to this approach, as several people have pointed out recently, Values Clarification seems to dwell much more on the content of people’s beliefs than on the form of how they justify those beliefs. See, for example, Stewart (1975) and Lockwood (1975). 8 Although it raises more issues than can be addressed in this paper, a postscript needs to be added to clarify the nature of the central point just made. The postscript consists of two further refinements of the claim that Kohlberg’s theory is limited to the area of morality concerning the concept of right/ wrong.

For me, part of my escape from the clutches of these problems in moral thinking was derived from my very early exposure to the work of some major figures in moral philosophy, especially an early paper by John Rawls. Similarly, it was bolstered by my experiences in a “Western Civilization” course. There I was exposed to what is known as the “Social Contract” orientation within the liberal tradition through reading the writings of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Kant (the tradition with which Rawls also identified himself).

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