We cannot verify your location
Browse Book and Journal Content on Project MUSE
OR

An Integrative Habit of the Mind

John Henry Newman on the Path to Wisdom

Frederick D. Aquino

Publication Year: 2012

Searching for better ways to inspire people to pursue wisdom, Frederick D. Aquino argues that teachers and researchers should focus less on state-of-the-art techniques and learning outcomes and instead pay more attention to the intellectual formation of their students. We should, Aquino contends, encourage the development of an integrative habit of mind, which entails cultivating the capacity to grasp how various pieces of data and areas of inquiry fit together and to understand how to apply this information to new situations. To fully explore this notion, An Integrative Habit of Mind brings the work of the great religious figure and educator John Henry Newman into fruitful conversation with recent philosophical developments in epistemology, cognition, and education. Aquino unearths some crucial but neglected themes from Newman’s writings and carries them forward into the contemporary context, revealing how his ideas can help us broaden our horizons, render apt judgments, and better understand our world and how we think about it.

Published by: Northern Illinois University Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

pdf iconDownload PDF (435.5 KB)
pp. 1-6

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF (415.0 KB)
pp. 7-8

read more

Acknowledgments

pdf iconDownload PDF (435.2 KB)
pp. ix-x

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 ...

read more

Introduction

pdf iconDownload PDF (483.7 KB)
pp. 3-15

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 ...

read more

1—Broadening Horizons

pdf iconDownload PDF (538.0 KB)
pp. 16-41

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 ...

read more

2—A Matter of Proper Fit

pdf iconDownload PDF (507.9 KB)
pp. 42-62

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 ...

read more

3—A Connected View

pdf iconDownload PDF (523.3 KB)
pp. 63-87

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 ...

read more

Afterword

pdf iconDownload PDF (440.1 KB)
pp. 88-91

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. ...

Notes

pdf iconDownload PDF (529.2 KB)
pp. 93-113

References

pdf iconDownload PDF (470.3 KB)
pp. 115-123

Index

pdf iconDownload PDF (433.5 KB)
pp. 125-129


E-ISBN-13: 9781609090531
Print-ISBN-13: 9780875804521

Page Count: 140
Publication Year: 2012