May: “An Aesthetic Education”

By Indulgence Editors

Our May book pick is Gayatri Spivak’s 2012 monograph “An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalization.” Referencing Friedrich Schiller’s “On the Aesthetic Education of Man”, a treatise about Immanuel Kant’s transcendental aesthetics and the events of the French Revolution, Spivak offers a contemporary, postcolonial, feminist treatise on the ethical value and moral impact of education.

We read Spivak in May, the month of graduation, in face of the fact that we ourselves will be hooded for a masters degree this month. As we move on to the next step in our educations and careers as academics, we ask, what can education do? How do our projects of social justice fit in with commitments to academia?

At INDULGENCE, we are strong believers in reading and talking, books and conversation. Gayatri Spivak will help us wield our weapons of choice. Read along!

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