Saturday, August 08, 2009

Carl Hasler--David's take

Again, thanks to David:
Carl Hasler, long-time conference speaker and professor of philosophy at Collin College in Plano, Texas, reflected on the confusions in modern education, particularly the substitution of more and less thoughtful uses of technology for a competent philosophy of the human person and a notion of how to hand on that philosophy to children. Hasler showed, using great contemporary thinkers like J. Budziszewski, the limitations and the corruptions of a modern society that is relativistic about philosophy and morals, but dogmatic about politics and educational techniques: they know exactly what to do in minor areas, but not the larger picture that informs them. The question and answer period included many testimonies as to why Chesterton’s critiques of education in his day applied not only to education in our day, but to other areas like medicine.

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