Based on his book Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed , Gardner shared his current thinking about how to impart the virtues in a postmodern, digitally-saturated era. Based upon his book of the same title, Gardner articulated definitions for each of these virtues, explored their tendency to shift according to evolving norms, and outlined the threats posed to them by postmodern criticism and the proliferation of digital media. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, with the cynicism of 21st century audiences, who are more skeptical than previous generations and more likely to get their news from late night comedians, such as Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert. Acknowledging the importance of the truths accessible through the scholarly disciplines such as science and mathematics and the practical truths of professions such engineering and medicine , Gardner highlighted the need for educators to focus students on the appropriate methods for converging as much as possible on the truths discovered by these pursuits.

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Start your review of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Age of Truthiness and Twitter Write a review Shelves: education , philosophy This book was fascinating for the most part, I love that he takes seriously the post modern critique of truth, beauty and goodness and then wrestles with it. This is to me a very interesting subject. But still I think he fails in the end. To me it seems post-modernism is the child of philosophical naturalism.

Yet these same people refuse to acknowledge that it was their cherished presuppositions that gave birth to what they now oppose. If the strictly naturalistic version of Darwinism and cultural evolution is the foundation, I still question whether any meaningful structure of truth, beauty and morality can be built, well, that is not illusionary. I think the logical end of our having a purely materialistic origin, is existentialism.

Why is it objectively wrong to murder another person? Is it merely that "by pure chance" we evolved to be social animals; with the ability to feel empathy.

And because by lucky accident we are now empathic, it now seems advantageous for some social groups not to kill one another? For most secularist it seems to be sufficient. But what about all the others things we inherited from evolution, that are according to our estimation less noble?

Large brain primates are incredible cruel, and some are social as well. Why is it wrong for other social animals to rape and kill, but for human animals its not? If monkeys evolve more empathy, will they suddenly be morally bound to behave in a certain way to other monkeys? Sure today we talk about the Widening Circle.

Since we evolved to treat those in our inner circle with more respect, then as we start seeing those on the other side of the world, as our brothers, our empathy will carry to them.

Great, maybe it will, maybe it is, but by WHOSE standard, are we to say empathy to others, is morally better then killing them? There is no objective standard, but might makes right and the majority carries sway, but this is always changing. The secularist foundation points to evolution which driving force is survival, not the pursuit of truth, beauty and the good.

Truth, beauty and Goodness simply are realities, to deny them will result in chaos. Leaders of today MUST affirm these things, for pragmatic purposes if nothing else. Better Gardner, or the far more extreme; Harris and Dawkins have part in teaching children, then some post-modernist. Hopefully they will delude people into embracing absolutes and objectivity. This can help hold society together.

These weeds will be pernicious, strangling to all the is good and pose a constant problem. Today the intellectuals have to keep pulling these weeds, but they continue to grow, they continue to threaten society. Oh that they would understand that their dirt is to blame and rethink the presuppositions.


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