The Gift of Fire

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Published: 1987
Language: English
Wordcount: 53,158 / 144 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.1
LoC Category: BD
Downloads: 1,125
Added to site: 2007.11.15
mnybks.net#: 19031
Genres: Essays, Post-1930

What is the role of morality in education, and therefore in our daily responsibilities? And how do we decide what morality should be taught, and why?

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one about some very frightening and mysterious happenings in a modest suburban house on Long Island, and the other about excellence. I now have reason to hope that she has been reading Emerson, and she probably has. She is not a shirker, but, at least usually, as much a person of serious intent as one should be at her age and in her condition. Her understanding of Emerson is not perfect, but neither is mine. The essay she has been reading, I have read many times, and every time with the realization that my understanding of it, up to now, of course, has not been perfect.

I know this as surely as I know that Socrates was once exasperated by a yapping dog: Someday, perhaps this day, when I have explained some difficult proposition's exploration by Emerson, that young woman, or somebody else very much like her, will raise her hand and ask the question, and ask it just as Socrates asked, out of what she knows to be her ignorance, and her desire not to be ignorant. And her question will remind me that I am

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