Select one of the forms of understanding described by Egan, and explain what cultural developments make it possible according to Egan’s theory
1) Introduction: a brief overview of the book.
2) The Romantic understanding and literacy.
3) “The highest, the strongest, the smartest…” and Herodotus’s “The Histories”
4) Emotional and personalized approach to heroes as shown in Herodotus’s work.
5) Humanized knowledge and Romantic rationality.
The paper discusses the developments which made possible the appearance of the Romantic understanding as described in K.Egan’s theory.
In his book entitled “The Educated Mind” K.Egan identifies five forms of understanding which he believes are natural ways of human cognitive development. These forms include the Somatic, Mythic, Romantic, Philosophic and Ironic Understanding. Importantly, according to Egan all of these forms developed in accordance with the trajectory of the evolution and cultural progress of human civilization. The present paper discusses the cultural developments which determined the appearance of the Romantic understanding.
The Romantic understanding develops between the 8th and 15th years of the child’s life and consists in “dethroning” of the myths with which the child was obsessed in the earlier years. The realistic limits of mythic qualities are discovered and carefully explored at this stage. Furthermore, children at this age master alphabet and numbers and learn to classify things and divide them into categories.
This phase in human life, according to Egan’s theory, is associated with the transition from the archaic period to the so-called “modern mind” (Egan, 1997, p.75). In particular, “Within a relatively short time in ancient Greece, the peculiar cultural development that seems tied up with what we mean by education was given a decisive kick forward. At the end of the... [continues]
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