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New book explores value of knowledge

Exploring the predicates of education from theoretical, practical and historical perspectives, Epistemology and the Predicates of Education revalorizes the central role of the humanities in the ethical and aesthetic formation of the individual.

This book considers timely questions of process and epistemology in today’s academy. It examines the subject of learning as it arises in the individual, is defined by educators and is conceived by society at large.

In attempting to formulate a lingua franca for contemporary pedagogy, the book highlights the concrete activities of educators and students and the qualities that emerge in the educational process.

By synthesizing the writings of educational theorists working in different fields—philosophy, psychology, anthropology and more—Epistemology and the Predicates of Education highlights the transformational nature of knowledge and its capacity to invigorate the student through the practice of self-inquiry.

Peterson is professor of Italian in the Romance languages department of the Franklin Colleges of Arts and Sciences.