An Integrative Habit of the Mind
John Henry Newman on the Path to Wisdom
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Northern Illinois University Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Some of this material has been delivered at Oxford University, The Catholic University of Leuven, The World Universities Forum (Davos, Switzerland), The American Catholic Philosophical Association, Baylor University, The University of Dallas, and McNeese State University. Moreover, some parts of the book are derived from previously published work. Portions of chapter 1 draw from and develop material in my articles, “Thick and Thin: Personal and Communal Dimensions of Communicating ...
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In this book, my intention is to connect John Henry Newman’s thought with recent work in epistemology, philosophy of cognition, and philosophy of education. As I intend to show, an integrative habit of mind—the capacity to see how things fit together in light of one another and how an understanding of this sort relates to the situation at hand—serves as the ...
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An important feature of an integrative habit of mind entails giving greater attention to the conditions (individual, communal, and environmental) under which human cognition actually works and to the role that evaluative qualities play in regulating epistemic reflection and conduct. A focus of this sort opens up new possibilities for exploring how processes and practices of intellectual formation enable the cognitive agent ...
2—A Matter of Proper Fit
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Another feature of an integrative habit of mind involves understanding how different aspects of cognitive activity (such as tacit and cultivated forms of judgment) relate to the particular situation at hand. In this regard, the distinction between uncultivated (unreflective) and cultivated (reflective) dimensions of the illative sense in the Grammar of Assent connects, to some extent, with the current epistemological discussion ...
3—A Connected View
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In unearthing and developing themes from select texts in the corpus of Newman’s writings, I have argued thus far that the pursuit of wisdom, grounded in and shaped by the goal of cultivating an integrative habit of mind, gives greater attention to the conditions under which human cognition actually works and to the role that evaluative qualities play in regulating epistemic reflection and conduct. As a fundamental motivation ...
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Undergirding the threefold focus of this book is an emphasis on the importance of cultivating and embodying an integrative habit of mind. I have drawn attention to the thick aspects of epistemic reflection and conduct and stressed the importance of moving from a particular set of claims to a more comprehensive understanding of the relevant matters at hand. ...
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Publication Year: 2012