This book discusses the philosophy of Aaron David Gordon, known primarily as a pioneer and Zionist role model, and it claims two essential assertions about this philosophy: Firstly that Gordon was in fact a philosopher in the strict sense of the word. He created a coherent philosophy based on a systematic methodology and a set of philosophical concepts. Secondly, A.D. Gordon’s philosophy centers on the question of the good life – how an individual and community should behave and act in the world. Gordon termed the ideal life a "life of expansion;" a concept which combines several ideas, such as the need for self-fulfillment and practical self-realization, the reality as an extension of the self, the set of links that connect the individual to family, nation, nature, and humanity, and the implementation of the ideals of the good life in the political sphere.
Danacode:   110-20280 ISBN:  978-965-226-540-1 Language:   Hebrew Pages:   238 Weight:   450 gr Dimensions:  17x24 cm Publication Date:   07/2019 Publisher:   Bar-Ilan University Press
The building blocks of Zionist education, such as the "tiyul", the agricultural garden, the songs in the kindergartens and more, are the product of an intertwining between European educational ideas and the attempts to design a local Hebrew culture.
The book sheds light on educational activities in Galilee moshavot during the Yishuv period, projecting local micro-historic aspects on the wider arena of Hebrew education during its first decades when ideology was stronger than pluralism.