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The Dialectics of the Blueberry Muffin: Towards a Philosophy of Love

Griffin-EL, Nosakhere Abubaker Jumanne (2011) The Dialectics of the Blueberry Muffin: Towards a Philosophy of Love. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh.

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    This dissertation study was a process where I purposed my life in the personal, educational, and societal contexts within three periods in my life: high school, college, and graduate school. My conceptual framework draws on the writings of Paulo Freire and Martin Luther King Jr., bell hooks, Cornel West, and Maulana Karenga because their works seek to understand contradictions that limit human beings from living up to their human potential. Although their works are similar, they have different foci. Freire and Karenga's writings are driven by a humanist desire to human transformation, while King's, hooks', and West's works are rooted in a theological foundation for individual transformation. All of the scholars embed love within their writings, which they declare is essential to individuals working to assist in the development of a better world. For my methodology, I use autobiographical writing, which allowed me to reflect on my personal, educational, and societal contradiction within three periods in my life: high school, college, and graduate school. Upon reflecting on my life, I analyzed it using my conceptual framework. The result of my dissertation project was the creation of a philosophical framework I call Transconceptualization. This framework seeks to understand the self in the past and present in order to move beyond contradictions to live a new life in the present and future.


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    Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
    Creators/Authors:
    CreatorsEmailORCID
    Griffin-EL, Nosakhere Abubaker Jumannenajgriffinel@gmail.com
    ETD Committee:
    ETD Committee TypeCommittee MemberEmailORCID
    Committee ChairGunzenhauser, Michaelmgunzen@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberJacob, Jameswjacob@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberTaylor, Jerometaylor@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberHughes, Seanshughes@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberSutin, Stewart Edwardssutin@pitt.edu
    Title: The Dialectics of the Blueberry Muffin: Towards a Philosophy of Love
    Status: Unpublished
    Abstract: This dissertation study was a process where I purposed my life in the personal, educational, and societal contexts within three periods in my life: high school, college, and graduate school. My conceptual framework draws on the writings of Paulo Freire and Martin Luther King Jr., bell hooks, Cornel West, and Maulana Karenga because their works seek to understand contradictions that limit human beings from living up to their human potential. Although their works are similar, they have different foci. Freire and Karenga's writings are driven by a humanist desire to human transformation, while King's, hooks', and West's works are rooted in a theological foundation for individual transformation. All of the scholars embed love within their writings, which they declare is essential to individuals working to assist in the development of a better world. For my methodology, I use autobiographical writing, which allowed me to reflect on my personal, educational, and societal contradiction within three periods in my life: high school, college, and graduate school. Upon reflecting on my life, I analyzed it using my conceptual framework. The result of my dissertation project was the creation of a philosophical framework I call Transconceptualization. This framework seeks to understand the self in the past and present in order to move beyond contradictions to live a new life in the present and future.
    Date: 05 August 2011
    Date Type: Completion
    Defense Date: 15 June 2011
    Approval Date: 05 August 2011
    Submission Date: 15 July 2011
    Access Restriction: No restriction; The work is available for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
    Refereed: Yes
    Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
    URN: etd-07152011-111056
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Autobiography; contradiction; Dehumanization; Fatalism; Hope; love; Problem Posing Education; Transconceptualization; Autobiographical writing; Banking Method of Education; Humanization
    Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 14:51
    Last Modified: 19 Jun 2012 10:38
    Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-07152011-111056/, etd-07152011-111056

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