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ON COMPASSION, A NEW PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION AND LIVING IN THE QUESTION: AN INWARD JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE PRACTICE OF INQUIRY

by Cooper, Eileen S.

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This dissertation is a philosophical inquiry that introduces a new approach to thinking about education. The purpose of this study is to invite readers as co-participants to generate compassionate hearts with the intent of bringing forth a vision of wholeness to benefit the Earth and all her creation. I suggest that education is a metaphor for life while implementing the metaphor of a tapestry weaving to create a sacred space and form for the practice of inquiry that seeks to understand the relationship between compassion and education through an inner way of knowing and being. Discourses on compassion and opening the heart of education, the weft threads, are woven upon the warp thread, the idea of living in the question, providing a contextual framework for the inquiry. In addition, I explicate how two approaches to qualitative research, heuristic methodology and organic methodology are integrated with Zen Buddhist thought to contribute a lively sense of dialogue to a written, philosophical document. Discourses on compassion suggest that compassion is an actual force or energy that is everywhere present and may be consciously accessed and recognized by people who are mindfully focused in a heart-centered meditative state. Discourses on opening the heart of education explore the principal assumption of this inquiry which reflects my perception that we are alive in a moment of time where old forms of life that no longer serve humankind are dying while simultaneously a newer expression of life is emerging. This time of transition is marked by fear and suffering. Just as a knowing midwife can help a laboring woman through the difficult challenge of transition, compassion as the midwife of consciousness may help humankind through these difficult times of opening our hearts and minds toward a life of wholeness as the heart of education awakens. This philosophical inquiry comes to fruition as a foundation of thought that engenders a new kind of philosophical practice that I call an epistemology of the heart based on an ethic of compassion.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:philosophy of education eco spirituality ecospirituality heuristic research organic women s studies epistemology and ethics

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Date of Publication:01/01/2002

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