Shimer College

March 13, 2013

The Mind/Body Problem, or, Are you losing your mind?

Today’s quotation for the day reminds us that educational institutions sometimes embody (pun intended) the Western split of mind and body (or perhaps even fact and value) – and at other times, challenge those binaries.

“The separation of mind and body is a central idea in much of Western philosophy, and it has become the basis for many of the policies and organizational models of education. This idea may be for some a reassuring existential construction or a pleasant and relatively low-risk form of self-aggrandizement that helps us feel justified in claiming some superiority over other creatures or distancing ourselves from the relentlessly corporal facts of human life. Regardless, it is complete fiction.

(Richard P. Keeling and Richard H. Hersh, We’re Losing Our Minds: Rethinking American Higher Education, New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, p. 71).

What does this mean about reorganizing higher education for the 21st century?