On Education, Formation, Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning

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Joseph Clair
Reading Augustine
  • New York, NY: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , November
     144 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Reading Augustine presents concise, personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religion scholars.  

The looming crisis in higher education appears to be a matter of soaring costs and crushing student debt, but the problem is actually much deeper. It is a crisis of soul; a question of the very purpose of learning and the type of people that our educational system produces. Today, in the age of academic hyper-specialization and professional knowledge, the moral and spiritual purposes of learning have been eclipsed by a shallow view of career and success. On Education, Formation, Citizenship, and the Lost Purpose of Learning turns to the influential figure Augustine of Hippo to explore how he saved the liberal arts at the end of the Roman Empire and how his inspiring vision can do the same for higher education today. It offers a roadmap for reviving the soul of education – presenting concrete ways that the intellectual practices and economic enterprise of learning can lead once more to a fulfilled life of knowing God and loving others.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Joseph Clair is Director of the William Penn Honors Program and Associate Dean for the Liberal Arts at George Fox University, USA. He is the author of Discerning the Good in the Letters and Sermons of Augustine (2016).

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