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The educational philosopher Maxine Greene (1917–) has spent her long, full life defying categorization and evading labels. At the risk of “boxing her in,” it is safe to say that she is known primarily for her work in existential philosophy and aesthetics education. In fact, she was one of the earliest philosophers of education to devote a full book to the relationship between existential themes and educational theory/practice. Her volume Existential Encounters for Teachers, published in 1967 when she was an associate professor at Teachers College (TC), Columbia University, and editor of Teachers College Record, broke new ground, in both its content and its form. In this work, Greene introduces the teacher to the complexity of her role in the modern world through encounters with ...

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