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The Contemplative Life and the Teaching of the Humanities
Society Meeting of the Working Group
Corpus Title: Pocantico NY
Format: Conference Paper
Publication Date: Nov 30, 1993
Publisher: The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
Sources ID: 60481
Visibility: Public (group default)
Abstract: (Show)
Meditation nowadays plays a part in mind/body medicine and in some branches of educational psychology. In ancient and medieval times, these functions formed a part of the humanities curriculum as it was taught in philosophical schools, monastic communities, and universities. This article claims that it is by returning to a holistic view of the functions of the humanities by means of meditative disciplines that the value and usefulness of the humanities can be most successfully integrated into Western life and institutions. In bringing about this perspective, teachers in the humanities have a great deal to learn from research in the cognitive neurosciences.