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Jefferson’s Revolutionary Theory and the Reconstruction of Educational PurposeEducationalizing Jefferson’s Revolutionary Theory

Jefferson’s Revolutionary Theory and the Reconstruction of Educational Purpose: Educationalizing... [The educational implications of Jefferson’s theory are identified and conceptualized. Primary attention is devoted to the “human capacity to revise,” a capacity that is theorized as constituting the existential guts of what Jefferson was attempting to elucidate conceptually and to activate politically through the rhetoric of his revolutionary thought. The human capacity to revise is shown to be not only a vital educational dimension of Jefferson’s theory, but also a moral capacity crucial to the healthy development of both democratic personalities and cultures, as reflected historically in ancient Athenian democracy. The final sections discuss how Jefferson’s understanding of the moral sense gave him confidence that future generations of Americans would be able to transform themselves by revising and renewing their founding principles in novel circumstances. Educators are urged to exercise this vital democratic capacity through a radical revaluation of questioning, itself a component of the capacity to revise.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Jefferson’s Revolutionary Theory and the Reconstruction of Educational PurposeEducationalizing Jefferson’s Revolutionary Theory

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2020
ISBN
978-3-030-45762-4
Pages
35 –55
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-45763-1_3
Publisher site
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Abstract

[The educational implications of Jefferson’s theory are identified and conceptualized. Primary attention is devoted to the “human capacity to revise,” a capacity that is theorized as constituting the existential guts of what Jefferson was attempting to elucidate conceptually and to activate politically through the rhetoric of his revolutionary thought. The human capacity to revise is shown to be not only a vital educational dimension of Jefferson’s theory, but also a moral capacity crucial to the healthy development of both democratic personalities and cultures, as reflected historically in ancient Athenian democracy. The final sections discuss how Jefferson’s understanding of the moral sense gave him confidence that future generations of Americans would be able to transform themselves by revising and renewing their founding principles in novel circumstances. Educators are urged to exercise this vital democratic capacity through a radical revaluation of questioning, itself a component of the capacity to revise.]

Published: May 28, 2020

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