Can autonomy counteract extremism in traditional education?

David Resnick

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    The very purpose of traditional - especially religious - education is to induct the young into a unique vision of reality. When the compelling religious vision conflicts with other visions, extremist confrontations may result. This paper explores ways to 'square the circle' of the educational conundrum of how to educate for fervent commitment to tradition without precluding autonomy and diversity, both within the tradition but especially vis-à-vis outsiders. Some liberal educators see educating for autonomy as an antidote to extremism, but such an approach is found wanting both ethically and empirically. Reinforcing the roots of toleration within religious traditions is offered as a more effective alternative.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)107-118
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Philosophy of Education
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Feb 2008


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