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Mrinal Miri

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199452767

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199452767.001.0001

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Nation, Culture, and Education

Nation, Culture, and Education

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Philosophy and Education

Mrinal Miri

Oxford University Press

Nation building is a challenge for all of us, and how education helps us meet this challenge is the concern of Chapter 3. If ours is a nation that is based on the idea of a cultural cohesiveness, such cohesiveness must be located not in one but in the community of cultures. Education’s challenge is to articulate this cohesiveness in a multifaceted creative and ‘cultivated’ manner that must inform the life of a university. The former has an ethical edge which is missing in the latter. My relationship with the state is contractual, while my belonging to a nation enters into my conception of myself in a somewhat deeper way. While culture is certainly a part of the life of a nation, our nation, like many other nations, is not unicultural; it is multicultural or pluri-cultural. The health of the nation depends on how a common purpose and a common sympathy is forged through a mutuality of understanding and respect among these cultures. And this is primarily an ethical enterprise.

Keywords:   plurality, transcend, ethical, state, citizen, contractual, nation, religion, culture, marginality, inclusiveness, cohesiveness

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