Transforming History

A New Curriculum for a Planetary Culture

William Irwin Thompson

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A far-reaching overview of modern education and the potential for transforming our cultural legacy.

216 x 138 mm
Lindisfarne Books
Steiner-Waldorf Education; Parenting & Child Health
160 pages
Publication date:
23 Jul 2009


Education, argues William Thompson, is about more than teaching skills and knowledge. It's about transmitting a culture and a heritage, and in doing so we have an opportunity to transform our cultural legacy.

This exciting interdisciplinary thinker offers a whirlwind tour from ancient literature to Disney and current politics, presenting a far-reaching system of teaching which can stimulate the best and healthiest patterns of development in our children and teenagers.


'A brilliant and original work that challenges us to rethink the evolution of human societies and consciousness, and to craft an education for our children that reflects human history.'
-- Arthur Zajonc, author of Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry and Catching the Light

'Read Thompson, a silver thrush among pterodactyls.'
-- Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times

'The author is billed as a humanities professor ... in fact, anyone can see that he is some kind of mage.'
-- Charles Eliot, Time Magazine

'William Irwin Thompson is the most profound, exciting and versatile interpreter of cultural trends at work today. Each of his books is a further extension of his vision.'
-- Richard A. Falk, Princeton University, author of The Heart of Philosophy


William Irwin Thompson was born in Chicago in 1938. A poet and cultural philosopher, he has taught at Cornell, MIT and York University in Toronto and has been widely published.

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