Identification, Analysis and Critique of Thorstein B.Veblen's Philosophy of Higher Education (Distinguished Dissertations)
By: Samuel Schneider (author)Hardback
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Part 1 The analysis of Veblen's philosophy of education: conceptual structure - terms and criteria, interrelationships between instinct, habit and culture, role of the instinct of idle curiosity, role of the instinct of workmanship, theory of human nature; application of the conceptual structure to the educational scene - higher learning as science and scholarship, epistemology in relation to science, ideal aims of higher education, pursuit of knowledge and professional training, students, teachers and research, university research and outside "big research", influence of business-minded educational administrators on school aims and practices. Part 2 The analysis of Veblen's social philosophy: Veblen's implicit model for social analysis - instinct versus culture; metaphysical criticism of the preconceptions of social science; specific criticism of the social sciences, especially economics; role of business as a cultural phenomenon in Veblen's social philosophy; Veblen's examination of natural-law concepts underlying property rights; some ideas on a philosophy of social inquiry, analysis of certain mechanisms for social change - the incidence of the machine process on habits of thought; Veblen's metaphysical analyses of mechanistic causation and of Bergson's notion of "Elan de la Vie"; relation between business and politics; political philosophy; Veblen on the relation between cultural habits of thought and the incidence of the machine processes; cultural lag - Veblen's credo; the ideal democratic society; "objectivity" of Veblen's inquiries into social problems; technical criticism of Veblen's standard of value; Veblen on the possibility of economic developments following political controls under constitutional methods; further light on Veblen's social philosophy through an examination of his views on the economics of Karl Marx.
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