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“Don’t Disturb my Masterpiece!”

Towards an Ecology of Learning

Author(s): Paolo Palmieri

Book Description

This book explores a philosophy of learning inspired by humanistic ideals. It reflects on the transformative possibilities opened up by active engagement with experiential domains. It draws attention to epoch-making transformations in the history of Western civilization that have exposed the dynamic relation between conscience, emotions, and learning. An ecological model of learning is proposed that emphasizes emotional, ethical, and cognitive learning as holistic processes. The model focuses on the pragmatics of learning, the creativity of improvisation, rhetorically mediated experience, emotional settings, and the education of the senses. The book is based on an inclusive worldview. Its fundamental tenet is that rational inquiry, emotions, and morality form a continuum in human nature. Hence the book envisions novel scenarios, where learners are valued for their genuine struggle to realize their humane masterpieces.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4105-4
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4105-6
Date of Publication: 01/10/2012
Pages / Size: 270 / A5
Price: £44.99


Paolo Palmieri is a historian and philosopher of science who teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. He has written on the intellectual traditions that shaped the values of modernity, focusing especially on the creativity processes at the crossroads of humanism, science, and technology.