Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 53-66

First online:

Know Thyself: Macrocosm and Microcosm

  • Nigel TubbsAffiliated withFaculty of Education, University of Winchester Email author 

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There was a time when, in the Liberal Arts, philosophy and education enjoyed the most intimate and productive relationship. Drawing together philosophy and nature they sought to understand the greatest of human mysteries. This meant thinking about both the macrocosm and the microcosm and especially the relation between them. In this relation lies the most fundamental vocation of Liberal Arts education—Know Thyself. In my article I attempt to retrieve the philosophical education that lies between the individual and the universe. I explore the macrocosm through Newton and Einstein, the microcosm through Heisenberg and Zizek, and the relation between them in the structure of the modern Kant/Hegel philosophical experience. The result—only relatively overambitious—is an educational theory of the uncertainty of the universe and everything in it.


Know thyself Hegel Liberal arts Nature