This volume looks at the territory of learning and activism, the essence of human life. This book shows why an engaged way of learning and teaching is central to the creation of the individual, culture and history. The author, Paulo Freire, finds in the emerging global society a new context in which education cannot be indifferent to the reproduction of dominant ideologies and the interrogation of them. Freire shows why an acceptance of fatalism leads to loss of personal and societal freedoms, he argues against "progressive" liberalsim and its acceptance of a world where poverty must inevitably coexist with opulence.
The late Paulo Freire of Brazil - teacher, philosopher, and activist - is widely regarded as one of the most influential educators of the 20th century. He is the author of more than 20 books, which have been translated and sold widely throughout the world.