Science Sublime: The Philosophy of the Sublime, Dewey’s Aesthetics, and Science Education.

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Abstract

Due to a historical separation of cognition and emotion, the affective aspects of learning are often seen as trivial in comparison to the more ‘essential’ cognitive qualities - particularly in the domain of science. As a result of this disconnect feelings of awe, wonder, and astonishment as well as appreciation have been largely ignored in the working lives of scientists. In turn, I believe that science education has not accurately portrayed the world of science to our students. In an effort to bring the affective qualities of science into the science classroom, I have drawn on Dewey’s notion of aesthetic experiences along with the philosophical writings of the sublime by Edmund Burke (1757) and Immanuel Kant (1764, 1790) to explore a new construct I have called the “scientific sublime”.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)in press
JournalCulture and Education
Volumein press
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StatePublished - Apr 2014

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