This is a philosophical exploration of the concept of well-being that argues for its importance in education and provides teachers with strategies for its encouragement and nurturing. The simple premise of this book is that the purpose of education is to serve the well-being of students. Well-being might seem to be an obvious aim for education, but it has been given insufficient attention and often is poorly understood. Karl D. Hostetler asks: What does it mean for a human being to live a good life, to experience well-being? How, as individuals and a society, can we debate and evaluate the quality of lives? What classroom practices would be conducive to furthering the welfare of our students? Hostetler explores how teachers can "seduce" students' souls, guiding and provoking while still respecting individuals' rights to conceive and live a fulfilling life for themselves. He prompts serious reflection about the purposes of education and challenges dominant ideas about the aims of education, the politics of policy-making, and the practice of teaching.
"Seducing Souls" argues eloquently and provocatively for the necessity of experiences that touch the soul, that elevate the young self so that students can better understand life and discern value.
Karl D. Hostetler is Professor, College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the author of Ethical Judgment in Teaching (Allyn & Bacon, 1997).
Introduction; Part One - Developing a Conception of Human Well-Being; Chapter One: Basics of Well-Being: Subjectivity, Satisfaction, and Experience; Chapter Two: Experience, Desire, and Well-Being; Chapter Three: Attunement, Motivation, and Reasons; Chapter Four: Perceiving and Valuing in Hermeneutic Experience; Chapter Five: Structuring and Evaluating a Life; Part Two - Educational Implications; Chapter Six: Perfectionism and Human Capabilities; Chapter Seven: Perfectionism, Liberalism, and Political Deliberation; Chapter Eight: Judging Well-Being; Chapter Nine: Seducing Souls; Epilogue: Philosophy as a Way of Life; Bibliography; Index.