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Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Twenty-First Century

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  134 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
The True, the Good, and the Beautiful are as timeless a trio of concepts as Western culture has to offer. Since before Socrates, humankind has explored these virtues in an attempt to describe and categorize them. Our definitions of these concepts, moreover, have unceasingly changed over the ages and across continents. Every known civilization has developed its own interpre ...more
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David Withun
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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While I do not agree with all of Gardner's arguments and conclusions, I believe this is an excellent book for those educators and parents who are struggling to convey truth, beauty, and goodness in a modern world which so often struggles with those concepts and their content. The most important message that Gardner conveys is that we must educate ourselves and our children to be fact-checkers and truth-seekers. Rather than merely filling heads with information, education must be geared to creati ...more
John Martindale
This book was fascinating for the most part, I love that he takes seriously the post modern critique of truth, beauty and goodness and then wrestles with it. This is to me a very interesting subject. But still I think he fails in the end.

To me it seems post-modernism is the child of philosophical naturalism. When newer generations took what they're taught to its logical conclusions, the results were so horrific, that many intellectuals found they needed to take a stand against, well... taking th
Sep 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some thirty years ago Howard Gardner came up with the theory of multiple intelligences, as opposed to simple IQ, a theory for which we should all be grateful. I think he started out with seven or eight kinds of intelligence, and I'm told by a psychologist friend that it is now up to twelve. In any case, I was interested in reading his analysis of these three virtues. I don't disagree with any of his conclusions--I share his skepticism of either science or economics as a source of explanation for ...more
Rhonda Bondie
Jul 30, 2011 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
So far this book poses important questions and offers frames for me to being thinking about the questions.
Very low level philosophy, postmodernism as boogeyman. It's unclear how beauty, truth, and goodness are "virtues" rather than transcendentals. Some interesting thoughts on education and developmental psychology.
Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I read a nonfiction, and especially a relatively scholarly one that walks you through how to assess lofty concepts such as "truth", "beauty", and "goodness"!

This book is Gardner's attempt to guide us through how to perceive Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, in the postmodern era as well as the digital media era that we are in. He starts off defining what each virtue is within a certain context ("Reframed"), and then moved on to propose how we proceed to experience each, in a
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like it. I liked Gardner sharing his own personal advocacy and quest to look at, reframe if needed, and keep these three virtues. Given our post-post modern times and the digital age we are awash in, looking at how both of these push our definitions and our acting out these virtues makes for an interesting ponder--especially if you engage as actively, personally and thoughtfully as he does in this book. His sense of today more than ever having multiple truths, his understanding that beauty is ...more
Oct 31, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I must confess around page 150 I just skimmed through to the end. The beginning seemed to focus on achieving a definition for beauty which ends up being that something is interesting, memorable, and you desire to revisit it. Which is all well and fine. Then the middle seems to address the issue of lack of ethics in modern youth which I agree with based on anecdotal evidence but often wonder if their decline is based upon the behavior modeled by my generation (that of their parents.) I think it s ...more
Nov 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Verum, Pulchrum, Bonum...My husband arrived at the same prep school as Howard Gardner, just after he had graduated, and also did not remember the school's venerable motto. I appreciated Professor Gardner's synthesizing of truth, beauty, and goodness although I did not find much that was either new to me or outside the realm of commonsense. The strongest sections, in my mind, involve child development and pedagogy. I also agree with his list of people he admires, foremost among them is John Gardn ...more
Ben Dougherty
This is a good book, and I think Gardner is right to draw our attention to these three central virtues at this point in history. He makes some insightful observations.

As a teacher, I was a little disappointed. I was hoping he might have more to say about how we can make these three virtues relevant for our students. But simply by bringing them to the forefront, he has done us all a favor. I know that as I plan my lessons for next year, these three virtues will be in my mind, and I would like to
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welp, this was a good, quick, idea-filled read.

Some of it was old, some of it was novel, w/r/t connections between ideas.

The best arguments were for a return to teaching and speaking about large, noble truths (and their opposites) in our national discourse, daily lives and educational system. It is a bit repetitive, and it rambles to a finish, but it is clearly-written and idea-thick.

The very concept of a readable and relevant book about Virtues is welcome. That it is imperfect is acceptable.
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is an extended, underwhelming essay by a researcher whose fame and notoriety led me to expect great things. Virtues aren't so much as 'reframed' here, as they are simply rehashed. Gardner doesn't make a compelling case for why the old framework doesn't work, or why the new framework is better. I see a much clearer argument being made for simply returning to classical conceptions of moral and ethical education.
Daina Jaeger Mundt
I had a difficult time getting into this book and finally decided to abandon it about 2/3 of the way through. The topic of the book was not what I had thought it would be, and much of what I read within the chapters wasn't anything new. While reading this book, I so often found myself getting impatient and thinking, "Get to the point, Gardner!"
May 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With shifting values and relative truth, it is a conundrum to determine what is good, true, and beautiful. Gardner speaks to finding your own inspiration and deciding what is good for your individual taste, but I believe there is a higher standard one should measure things by: immutable truth, classical beauty, and pure goodness.
It's fine to dislike postmodernism, but you don't have to take it out on your readers. The writing tended to ramble on, but what I gathered was this: the pendulum has swung too far away from the old days of a canonical truth, beauty, and goodness. I agree. There. There's your book. Saved you a few hours.
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I anyway like Gardner and really appreciate what he has added what we thought we already know about intelligence and life. But unfortunately there was not much new thoughts in this book, it is more an elaborated version of what he has already said in the 5 Minds
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Approachable analysis of basic philosophical issues in our postmodern and digital age.
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a great fan of Howard Gardner ~ his perspective on multi-intelligence learning is "re-framed" in viewing Western Civ contextually . Makes one retool concepts of a life time.
Edward Sullivan
Interesting, thoughtful, and occasionally provocative though the overarching narrative is unfocused.
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This looks at the evolution of the titular concepts through periods of history. The author goes beyond postmodernism to discuss how these concepts continue to evolve.
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Mary Jane Gearhart
Got hooked on the phrase "truth and beauty" so this was a definte read.
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Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds positions as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. He has received honorary degrees from 26 colleges and univers ...more
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