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Kyle’s Primer 

(F is for Fragments)

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K is for Kierkegaard 

Life can be only understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards I first came across this quote while writing my thesis for my undergraduate degree. I had chosen to write on philosophy, rather than education, on somewhat of a whim. I had always loved exploring ideas and thinking about existence, but had never taken …

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K is for Audrey Kathleen Ruston a.k.a. Audrey Hepburn 

If you visited Google today you most likely may have noticed a sketch of Audrey Hepburn. Obviously, this is because today is her birthday. Therefore, I have decided to dedicate this brief and clichéd post to her. Since Hepburn is such a legend I will not go into detail about her life. All I will …

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K is for K 

Many of us have been in this situation before: the ice-breaker activity designed to learn people’s names. It’s incredibly easy and simply entails stating a unique adjective that starts with the letter of your first name, and then your first name. “Cool Calvin.” “Awesome Annie.” “Super Samuel.” Etc. And, as you go around a circle, …

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K is for Kitsch and Kinkade 

As George Steiner says, quoting Keats, “it is the very force of declared intent…“the palpable design upon us” in bad art, in kitsch, which we must learn to ignore.” (Real Presences, 174) The most productive posture for a creative endeavor is that of inquiry, creativity as inquiry, art as a means of finding things out, …

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K is for Kyle’s Crush 

Kyle told an interesting story in class last week about going to see Julie Taymor’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He was staring at watching/studying the actress playing Hippolyta—he claims because he was interested in her as a background character. She noticed him checking her out, because Who stares down the random background characters, …

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K is for Koan 

Merriam-Webster defines a koan (pronounced ko-ahn) as "a paradox to be meditated upon that is used to train Zen Buddhist monks to abandon ultimate dependence on reason and to force them into gaining sudden intuitive enlightenment." The Concise Encyclopedia adds that "the effort to solve a koan is designed to exhaust the analytic intellect and the …

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K is for (Reading, Reviewing, Responding to) Rancière 

(If The Emancipated Spectator had a theme song, it would be "Alone, together"...) For those that found the text too dense and the references a bit opaque, you may want to read some of these secondary sources to contextualize Rancière's arguments and critiques. Below are some less impenetrable reviews of the Emancipated Spectator. I've called out …

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K is for Jack Kerouac 

This post is going along the same lines as the one I wrote about Hemingway. Kerouac is another of my favorite authors and a very influential figure in 20th century literature. Here are some quotes I think are pretty cool from On The Road: “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones …

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K is for Knockoff 

The issue of authenticity is constantly discussed in art and in life. What makes something real? Who "decides" what constitutes art and what does not? Is it the tastemakers, the academics, the market, the museums, the galleries, the artists themselves? Is it possible to go on the immediate, this is, this is not etc.? This …

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K is for Kites 

My philosophies of Education are demonstrated in the process of flying kites. The idea of flying kites came from my childhood experience. When I was a child, my father once taught me how to fly a kite in a park. It was a sunny but windy day, so I brought my new rainbow kite to …

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K is for Kant 

Kant’s emphasis on reason within his essay on enlightenment drew a distinct parallel with his Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals. Even though we have not read that essay in this class, I thought it would be relevant to mention it in a discussion on the blog. In Kant’s essay, Kant defines enlightenment as the …

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K is for Knowledge 

1. In the field of education, knowledge is traditionally seen as something that can be attained by students. Students come into the class and their heads are filled with this abstract 'knowledge' (i.e. facts, dates, interpretations, etc.) that they are then able to stake a claim to. This completely disregards the process of how one …

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K is for Kant 

Sharing aesthetic experiences as a means to foster empathy "… when puts a thing on a pedestal and calls it beautiful, he demands the same delight from others. He judges not merely for himself, but for all men, and then speaks of beauty as if it were a property of things. Thus he says that …

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K is for Kindness 

“It’s so easy to laugh / it’s so easy to hate / it takes strength to be gentle and kind / it’s so easy to laugh it’s so easy to hate / it takes guts to be gentle and kind,” lines from The Smiths’s “I Know It’s Over,” on the acclaimed album The Queen is …

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