This book discusses the concept of desire as a positive factor in human growth and flourishing. All human decision-making is preceded by some kind of desire, and we act upon desires by either rejecting or following them. It argues that our views on and expressions of desire in various facets of life and through time have differed according to how human beings are taught to desire. Therefore, the concept has tremendous potential to affect human beings positively and to enable personal growth. Though excellent research has been done on the concepts of flourishing, character education and positive psychology, no other work has linked the concept of desire to all of these topics. Featuring key references, explanations of central concepts, and significant practical applications of desire to various fields of human thought and action, the book will be of interest to students and researchers in the fields of positive psychology, positive education, moral philosophy, and virtue ethics.
Part I: Key Concepts of Education of Desire
Chapter 1: To be what one desires to be. The notion of habit and its educational value.Chapter 2: The Role of Desire in Action.
Chapter 3: Education of Desire for Flourishing.Chapter 4: The Joy of Doing Good and Character Education.
Chapter 5: Desire and Freedom: Are We Responsible for Our Emotions?Chapter 6: The ethical value of motivation as an operative desire.
Chapter 7: Harmonising reason and emotions: Common paths from Plato to contemporary trends in psychology.Chapter 8: Desire and Beauty.
Chapter 9: The Education of Desire: Moderation or Reinforcement?Chapter 10: Desire and Sensitivity.
Part II: Fundamental Authors on Education of Desire
Chapter 11: Desire and madness: Platonic dialogues on education.
Chapter 12: Moral education as education of desire in Plato’s Symposium.Chapter 13: Educating desire in Aristotle.
Chapter 14: The right desire?Chapter 15: The Stoics on the Education of Desire.
Chapter 16: The Desire in Origen and Gregory of Nyssa.Chapter 17: The salvation of desire: Saint Augustine’s perspective.
Chapter 18: The Education of Desire according to Aquinas.Chapter 19: Attention and Education: Key Ideas from Charles S. Peirce.
Chapter 20: Desire in Freud.
Part III: Education of Desire Applied
Chapter 21: Psychological key to educating desire: Healthy Family Lifestyles.
Chapter 22: The Education of Desire and the Use of ICT.
Chapter 23: Desire and the emotion of shame.Chapter 24: The emotional openness of wonder and admiration to educating our moral desires.
Chapter 25: Advertising and desire.Chapter 26: Pedagogical reflection on desire and perspectives for an education of identity.
Chapter 27: Contemplation, learning, teaching through love.Chapter 28: A way out of the dialectics of love and desire as the clue to an adequate education of desire.
Chapter 29: Rectification of Appetite’ as Education of Desire within ‘Moral’ Virtue.
Magdalena Bosch is a Titular University Professor at the Faculty of Humanities and holds the position of Agregada in the field of moral thought at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain). She teaches ethics in the humanities and business faculties at her university. She studied philosophy at the University of Barcelona, and holds a PhD in the theory of knowledge and metaphysics from the same university. Throughout her academic career, she has studied aspects of desire from a range of different standpoints: freedom, emotions, aesthetics, Romanticism, motivation, happiness and pro-social attitudes. She has published numerous articles in international journals; several book chapters; and five books.
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