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Cogito Ergo Philosophus (English Version) - TBWJP018

The Ben Wood Johnson Podcast

Release Date: 10/01/2018

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The Ben Wood Johnson Podcast

This is the final installment in a series of podcasts about the role of experience in education. In this entry, Dr. Ben Wood Johnson examines the notion of social control in education. He echoes John Dewey’s understanding about the need for a balance in our approach to education. It is unlikely that society would be able to function without control mechanisms. However, there is also a need to allow students to be a part of the educational process. Let us have a listen!

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The Ben Wood Johnson Podcast

This is the fifth installment in a series of podcasts about the role of experience in education. In this entry, Dr. Ben Wood Johnson examines the notion of experience. He delineates the nuance John Dewey makes between continuity and interaction. The argument is that the individual must be allowed to experience the world on his own. Let us have a listen!

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The Ben Wood Johnson Podcast

This is the forth installment in a series of entries about education. In this Podcast, Dr. Ben Wood Johnson talks about John Dewey’s approach to experience in education. The Podcast examines the degree to which experience is a feature of a traditional approach to education, as opposed to a trademark of a more progressive approach. Dr. Johnson notes that experience is important. However, it should not be the forefront of any educational system. Let us have a listen!

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The Ben Wood Johnson Podcast

In this Podcast, Dr. Ben Wood Johnson talks about education from the perspective of a contemporary philosopher. He examines the dichotomy between a traditional view of education and a progressive approach. He relates John Dewey’s concerns as to the usefulness of a progressive approach without taking into account aspects of the traditional contingency. Dr. Johnson outlines Dewey’s concerns when it comes to developing an educational approach, which is devoid of dogmatic ideals. Have a listen!

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The Ben Wood Johnson Podcast

In this Podcast, Dr. Ben Wood Johnson talks about education a little further. He explores the concept as a means of coercion. Dr. Johnson argues that education is not supposed to teach the person how to be in society. Rather, it should teach the person how to learn about the world. Education should teach the person how to find the self in the world. Education should be a discovery and not a means to an end. Have a listen!

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The Ben Wood Johnson Podcast

In this Podcast, Dr. Ben Wood Johnson talks about education. He examines the concept in context. Education is a complex issue. Various philosophers have examined the concept. Yet, there is no consensus as to the meaning of the term. In this installment, Dr. Johnson outlines his understanding about the purpose of education in society. Have a listen!

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The Ben Wood Johnson Podcast

In this Podcast, Dr. Ben Wood Johnson talks about the concept of rights. The argument here is that natural rights are inviolable. That is, natural rights are inherent. Therefore, such rights could neither be given nor taken away. Dr. Johnson outlines two kinds of rights (natural rights and social rights) and four subcategories of rights. They include the natural rights (Geographical rights and Chronological rights) and social rights (Power and privileges).

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The Ben Wood Johnson Podcast

In this Podcast, Dr. Ben Wood Johnson discusses the notion of “Good and Bad.” The argument centers on the idea that there is no such a thing as good or bad. There is no universality in the way human beings understand their world. Every human approach is subjective in nature. Therefore, any collective agreement about the world must be arbitrary, for it does not take away the individual assessment of the self in the world.

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The Ben Wood Johnson Podcast

Este Podcast es un monólogo sobre la historia de la República de Haití. El Dr. Ben Wood Johnson narra la historia política de Haití entre 1804 y 2006. Este monólogo fue publicado originalmente en 2006.

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The Ben Wood Johnson Podcast

In this podcast, Dr. Ben Wood Johnson discusses the notion of individuality. What does it mean to be detached from the collective? What does it mean to be detached from the natural? Is it possible to be detached form the collective? Dr. Johnson argues that the concept of individuality is a fallacy. He notes that the individual could not be detached from the collective. The individual depends on the collective. Thereby, the individual needs to collective in order to be.

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This Podcast is an introduction to the concept “Cogito, Ergo Philosophus.” The understanding is that there is a link between human thinking and human survival. A person’s capacity to engage in self-introspection (i.e., philosophizing) is paramount for the individual to endeavor to survive. The Cogito allows the being to be in synchrony with the world around him. The Cogito is the essence of human survival.