The Skeptical Visionary

—Deborah Meier, author of The Power of their Ideas: Lessons for America from a
Small School in Harlem 'The Skeptical Visionary is an indispensable guide to
understanding one of the most thoughtful education thinkers of the twentieth ...

Author: Seymour Bernard Sarason

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 9781566399807

Category: Education

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The first collection of writings by education's most important and critical voice

Visionary Spenser and the Poetics of Early Modern Platonism

Since Spenser's kind of Platonism promotes his visionary aspirations, and Plato
himself was somewhat skeptical, we should further consider a general
epistemological issue here: to what extent may the poet thus be a “skeptical
visionary” as ...

Author: Kenneth Borris

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192533770

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Platonic concerns and conceptions profoundly affected early modern English and continental poetics, yet the effects have had little attention. This book defines Platonism's roles in early modern theories of literature, then reappraise the Platonizing major poet Edmund Spenser. It makes important new contributions to the knowledge of early modern European poetics and advances our understanding of Spenser's role and significance in English literary history. Literary Platonism energized pursuits of the sublime, and knowledge of this approach to poetry yields cogent new understandings of Spenser's poetics, his principal texts, his poetic vocation, and his cultural influence. By combining Christian resources with doctrines of Platonic poetics such as the poet's and lover's inspirational furies, the revelatory significance of beauty, and the importance of imitating exalted ideals rather than the world, he sought to attain a visionary sublimity that would ensure his enduring national significance, and he thereby became a seminal figure in the English literary "line of vision" including Milton and Blake among others. Although readings of Spenser's Shepheardes Calender typically bypass Plato's Phaedrus, this text deeply informs the Calender's treatments of beauty, inspiration, poetry's psychagogic power, and its national responsibilities. In The Faerie Queene, both heroism and visionary poetics arise from the stimuli of love and beauty conceived Platonically, and idealized mimesis produces its faeryland. Faery's queen, projected from Elizabeth I as in Platonic idealization of the beloved, not only pertains to temporal governance but also points toward the transcendental Ideas and divinity. Whereas Plato's Republic valorizes philosophy for bringing enlightenment to counter society's illusions, Spenser champions the learned and enraptured poetic imagination, and proceeds as such a philosopher-poet.

Joseph Conrad and the Fictions of Skepticism

Darkness": Visionary. Skepticism. "Inconceivable," "impenetrable," and "
inscrutable": Marlow's favorite adjectives in "Heart of Darkness" fill out the lexicon
of negative theology discussed in the previous chapter. The argument advanced
there, ...

Author: Mark Wollaeger

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804766819

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 284

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"You want more scepticism at the very foundation of your work. Scepticism, the tonic of minds, the tonic of life, the agent of truth - the way of art and salvation." Joseph Conrad wrote these words to John Galsworthy in 1901, and this study argues that Conrad's skepticism forms the basis of his most important works, participating in a tradition of philosophical skepticism that extends from Descartes to the present. Conrad's epistemological and moral skepticism - expressed, forestalled, mitigated, and suppressed - provides the terms for the author's rethinking of the peculiar relation between philosophy and literary form in Conrad's writing and, more broadly, for reconsidering what it means to call any novel 'philosophical'. Among the issues freshly argued are Conrad's thematics of coercion, isolation, and betrayal; the complicated relations among author, narrator, and character; and the logic of Conradian romance, comedy, and tragedy. The author also offers a new way of conceptualizing the shape of Conrad's career, especially the 'decline' evidenced in the later fiction. The uniqueness of Conrad's multifarious literary and cultural inheritance makes it difficult to locate him securely in the dominant tradition of the British novel. A philosophical approach to Conrad, however, reveals links to other novelists - notably Hardy, Forster, and Woolf - all of whom share in the increasing philosophical burden of the modern novel by enacting the very philosophical issues that are discussed within their pages. Conrad's interest as a skeptic is heightened by the degree to which he resists the insights proffered by his own skepticism. The first chapter introduces the idea of the Conradian 'shelter', and the next two use Schopenhauer to show how the language of metaphysical speculation in Tales of Unrest and 'Heart of Darkness' spills over into a religious impulse that resists the disintegrating effect of Conrad's skepticism. The author then turns to Hume to model the authorial skepticism that in Lord Jim contests the continuing visionary strain of the earlier fiction and Descartes to analyze the ways in which Romantic vision is more stringently chastened by irony in Nostromo and The Secret Agent. The concluding chapter touches on several late novels before examining how competing models of political agency in Conrad's last great fiction of skepticism, Under Western Eyes, situate it somewhere between ideology critique and a mystified account of the exigencies of individual consciousness.

The Freewill Baptist Quarterly

Skeptics , in their mad absurdities sometimes assert that the formation of the
earth is the result of the natural laws of matter ; and that a ... The veriest skeptical
visionary the world ever saw , will not for a moment pretend to such absurdities .






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Becoming a School Consultant

The skeptical visionary: A Seymour Sarason education reader. Philadelphia:
Temple University Press. Fullan, M. (2001). The new meaning of educational
change (3rd ed.). New York: Teachers College Press. Fullan, M. (2008). The six
secrets ...

Author: Sylvia Rosenfield

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136737170

Category: Psychology

Page: 242

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Most consultation courses in school psychology focus heavily on theoretical models of consultation and associated intervention procedures. Little time is devoted to developing communication and process skills. Yet these process skills are key to properly identifying student problems and selecting appropriate interventions. Without skillfully conducted consultations, implementation and evaluation of an intervention can be minimal. This book is designed to help students develop the process skills needed to become effective school consultants in consultee-centered consultation, with special emphasis on the instructional consultation model. The authors address specific skills and issues faced by novice consultants and documents how they worked through particular issues that are likely to occur in school consultation practice.

Handbook of Conversation Design for Instructional Applications

The skeptical visionary: A Seymour Sarason Education Reader. Philadelphia:
Temple University Press. Stern, C. , Mahlmann, J., & Vaccaro, E. (Eds.). (2003).
Vergleich als Chance: Schulentwicklung Fullan, M. (1993). Change forces:
probing ...

Author: Luppicini, Rocci

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1599045990

Category: Education

Page: 508

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Given the rapid growth of computer-mediated communication, there is an ever-broadening range of social interactions. With conversation as the bedrock on which social interactions are built, there is growing recognition of the important role conversation has in instruction, particularly in the design and development of technologically advanced educational environments. The Handbook of Conversation Design for Instructional Applications presents key perspectives on the evolving area of conversation design, bringing together a multidisciplinary body of work focused on the study of conversation and conversation design practices to inform instructional applications. Offering multimodal instructional designers and developers authoritative content on the cutting-edge issues and challenges in conversation design, this book is a must-have for reference library collections worldwide.

How to Read and Why

Borges, a skeptical visionary, charms us even as we accept his warning: reality
caves in all too easily. Our individual fantasies may not be as elaborate as Tlon,
nor as abstract. Yet Borges has sketched a universal tendency, and fulfilled a ...

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684859076

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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At a time when faster and easier electronic media threaten to eclipse reading and literature, the author explores reasons for reading and demonstrates the aesthetic pleasure reading can bring.

Skepticism Assailed

and leaping from the hearts of those who had investigated the fact that He had
risen — all these cannot be explained on the visionary theory , especially in view
of the fact that the highest interests and dearest hopes of all the leaders in Judea

Author: Britton H. Tabor



Category: Apologetics

Page: 400

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Abingdon New Testament Commentaries Revelation

(Schmidt 1988, 355, quoting Okada 1984, 161-62) Various explanations have
been given for visionary experience, some more skeptical than others. (
Skepticism of the visionary can be found wherever visionaries exist; it did not
arise with ...

Author: Leonard L. Thompson

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426750463

Category: Religion

Page: 132

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In this lucid exposition, an acclaimed interpreter shows that the book of Revelation is to be read as a unified work of religious poetry aimed at extricating Christians from Roman society, in which they were living quietly and peacefully. Thompson considers connections between John’s negative view of society and his social location as a wandering prophet, compares his visionary experience with that of other prophets and seers, especially in Judaism, notes similarities between the depictions of Christ and Satan in Revelation and portraits of heroes and demons in other writings of the time, and emphasizes that John’s vision of heaven and the future were intended to infuse everyday Christian life with confidence in the goodness and ultimate triumph of God. “Thompson’s commentary on Revelation is written in an engaging literary style and, by presenting perceptive comparisons and contrasts with both Greco-Roman and Jewish literature—canonical and non-canonical—he highlights the distinctive features of this book. He deals effectively with the rhetorical and even the epistemological dimensions, while offering an illuminating and convincing proposal for the structure and thematic development of Revelation. In short, it is a most revealing and insightful analysis of this challenging early Christian writing, as it shows how this book addresses perennial human questions about divine purpose and human destiny.” –-Howard Clark Kee

The Skeptical Feminist

People who don ' t have visions tend to be awed by people who do . The
visionary may be immediately rejected as a crazy person , or , if known to be
otherwise perfectly stable , credited with an inexplicable but temporary mental
aberration .

Author: Barbara G. Walker

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers


Category: Christianity

Page: 279

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A spiritual autobiography of one woman's inner journey away from her Christian upbringing to an appreciation of the idea of a goddess and a skeptical, feminist view of society.

The Five Great Skeptical Dramas of History

Here , then , we see the undermining effects of skeptical retrospect . The great
purpose of Hamlet's life ... It is this weakness which has relegated the Ghost to
the visionary world whence it seemed to come . He has speculated it , or nearly
so ...

Author: John Owen



Category: Bible

Page: 398

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American Alchemy

... be credited by the most enthusiastic, and were pronounced by the skeptical as
visionary—schemes gotten up by the powers at Washington to encourage
emigration to California and Oregon.''∏ While these prudent Yankee voices
california ...

Author: Brian Roberts

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 080786093X

Category: History

Page: 360

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California during the gold rush was a place of disputed claims, shoot-outs, gambling halls, and prostitution; a place populated by that rough and rebellious figure, the forty-niner; in short, a place that seems utterly unconnected to middle-class culture. In American Alchemy, however, Brian Roberts offers a surprising challenge to this assumption. Roberts points to a long-neglected truth of the gold rush: many of the northeastern forty-niners who ventured westward were in fact middle-class in origin, status, and values. Tracing the experiences and adventures both of these men and of the "unseen" forty-niners--women who stayed back East while their husbands went out West--he shows that, whatever else the gold seekers abandoned on the road to California, they did not simply turn their backs on middle-class culture. Ultimately, Roberts argues, the story told here reveals an overlooked chapter in the history of the formation of the middle class. While the acquisition of respectability reflects one stage in this history, he says, the gold rush constitutes a second stage--a rebellion against standards of respectability.

The Homosexual Tradition in American Poetry

Corn remains a skeptical visionary , in the sense intended by Harold Bloom when
he says of Keats , “ He felt the imagination ' s desire for a revelation that would
redeem the inadequacies of our condition but he felt also a humorous skepticism

Author: Robert K. Martin



Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 279

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Second revised edition of a collection of essays which provide a study of American gay male poetry.

Visionary Worlds

If we give up science, we fall into superstition and fantasy — such thinking is
bound by the limitations of its own methods, procedures, and skeptical denials. It
fails to grasp the authenticity of other worlds, other visions, and other alternative ...

Author: Lee Irwin

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791428610

Category: Philosophy

Page: 214

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Visionary Worlds examines the role and significance of imagination and the myth-making processes that engage human beings in constructing a viable, living world of meaningful relations, beliefs, and social interactions. In this process of "world-building, " we each draw on a wide variety of ideologies - religious, philosophical, aesthetic or scientific - which often conflict and clash with one another in the struggle to evolve a coherent and meaningful worldview. This unpredictable and fallible process often requires considerable readjustment or revisions as the complexities of an increasingly pluralistic society impinge upon us with greater divergence and multiplicity. This work examines the ways in which we all make and unmake our reality as part of the challenge of seeking greater spiritual maturity and relatedness to others.

Visionary Film

Beavers's skeptical and radically aesthetic perspective centers the cinematic
vision in an act of apperception that neither points beyond itself in a chain of
meaning toward an absolute nor admits epiphanies. His aesthetic reduction of
the ...

Author: P. Adams Sitney

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199727018

Category: Art

Page: 480

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Critics hailed previous editions of Visionary Film as the most complete work written on the exciting, often puzzling, and always controversial genre of American avant-garde film. This book has remained the standard text on American avant-garde film since the publication of its first edition in 1974. Now P. Adams Sitney has once again revised and updated this classic work, restoring a chapter on the films of Gregory J. Markopoulos and bringing his discussion of the principal genres and major filmmakers up to the year 2000.

Cautious Visionary

The British embassy in Washington , moreover , was deeply skeptical of the New
Deal , and British ambassador Ronald Lindsay advised His Majesty ' s
government that the Roosevelt recovery program would fail . Roosevelt ' s
cavalier ...

Author: Michael Anthony Butler

Publisher: Kent State University Press

ISBN: 9780873385961

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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Cordell Hull's persistence and legislative experience were determining factors in the development of the Trade Agreements Act, 1934. This text investigates the political struggles surrounding the passage and implementation of the Act, and its impact on Roosevelt's first administration.

A Visionary Life

You'll hear skeptical voices, critical voices, probably asking, Why am I sitting here
? What am I doing? This is ridiculous. Nothing's happening. I'm wasting my time. “
You'll hear efficient, rational voices, figuring out how to organize the rest of your ...

Author: Marc Allen

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1577319842

Category: Psychology

Page: 208

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In Visionary Business Marc Allen revealed 12 keys to building a successful organization. In this book, he turns his attention to the even more vital process of building a fulfilling life. This book gives readers the simple keys to changing their lives step by step, helping them to first envision and then move toward realizing their deepest dreams and highest aspirations.

The Praeger Handbook of Education and Psychology

The impulse for such postmodernism seems to begin with the teacher's private
and sometimes lonely skepticism toward ... teaching adventure can be called "
skeptical postmodernism" and the second part, "visionary postmodernism.

Author: Joe L. Kincheloe

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313331244

Category: Educational psychology

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Evenings with the Skeptics

... dream of a visionary ; and as a rule infused faith , even when supernaturally
conveyed , presupposes acquired faith . Thus Ockam tries to temper his
mysticism by a certain measure of the rationalism and Skepticism which were the
primary ...

Author: John Owen



Category: Skepticism

Page: 551

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Michigan Christian Advocate

Visionary Skeptics The Church is more and always visionNE can very well make
a plea for ary in its great teachings , and ... Towering personalities , both visionary
There is a sense in which both the and skeptical , honest doubters , in all ages ...






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