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This week we are covering pages 11-27 and next week we will finish chapter two with pages 27-58.
Chapter 2, part 1: The Philosophical Foundations of Poetic Knowledge
Poetic Knowledge was first displayed, described, and commended by Homer, Socrates, and Aristotle.
- sees poetic, transcendent significance of reality; its opposite, in this case, is materialism.
- embraces contemplation, meditation, and leisure rather than effort, work, labor, and proofs; hence, the poetic mode requires leisure.
- awakens and refines sympathetic understanding of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty by going inside a thing to know it, not only to duplicate it, but to become it.
- is a prerational mode of knowledge; it precedes but does not supercede scientific knowledge. If scientific knowledge is not preceded by poetic knowledge, the scientific mode will dehumanize and deconstruct culture and individuals.
- gains understanding through vicarious means and through intuition.
- could also be called musical knowledge; that is, knowledge that seeks harmony, proportion, perception, emotion.
- desires the whole and existential rather than the particular and disintegrated.
- begins with wonder.
Poetic Knowledge should be the starting point for education.
Elements of a poetic education are
- fictional stories (myths, legends, fairy tales)
- history stories
- poetry, music, and art
- reading & writing
- a desire to know springing from wonder and delight
I am hoping for lots of discussion on the concept of wonder. :)
How does the element of gymnastics find a place in your education?