August 2016

Teaching Practical Wisdom

In Plato’s dialogues we find the idea that virtue is a skill, a craft, an art of living. The knowledge of how to live well, in both a civic and an ethical sense, is not merely theoretical but also practical; it involves both knowing that and knowing how. Much academic teaching focuses on cultivating know-that,

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Teaching and Making

One of the highlights of a busy day yesterday at the Bok Center was an impromptu discussion with a few colleagues and student fellows about what I suppose one might call the ecology of making these days in the arts and humanities.


As one colleague put it, it is hard to witness

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