The Crisis in Pluralistic Education: Between Deliberation and "Unity of Opposites"

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In this article, I want to consider the logic and perspective of a mode of educational thought widely found within the educational systems of liberal Judaism in its various forms. I will clarify its assumptions and implications and examine the limits of its pluralistic underpinnings. At the same time, I will outline a perspective that is unfamiliar to conventional educational discourse, a perspective that is generally not understood as being pluralistic. I will show it to be an alternative which contemplates a broader kind of pluralism that resolves some of the problems of pluralism that will be discussed below. The discussion of the conventional model and its alternatives will have four parts: 1. An examination of the distinction drawn by Akiva Ernst Simon between what he terms “protestant religion” and “catholic religion” (terms that will be replaced by others). 2. A clarification of the educational corollaries of “protestant” thinking through an analysis of the thought of Joseph Schwab. 3. A description of the alternative of the Unity of Opposites model and its differences from Simon’s binary approach. 4. An indication of the educational implications of Unity of Opposites model.
Translated title of the contributionהמשבר בחינוך הפלורליסטי: בין דליברציה ל"אחדות ההפכים"
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-50
Number of pages24
Journalעיונים בחינוך היהודי
StatePublished - 2014

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  • IHP publications
  • Cultural pluralism
  • Education -- Philosophy
  • Jewish sects
  • Jews -- Education
  • Judaism -- History -- Modern period, 1750-


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