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Cognitive lectures of Jonathan Mahoney

An associate professor from Kansas State University, the USA, Jonathan Mahoney delivered his lectures at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University from the 12th of May till the 26th of May 2014. Also he conducted laboratory practicals on the program «Journalism and Democracy» and «Western higher education». Dr. Mahoney specializes in political philosophy. His representative publications are “Democratic Equality and Corporate Political Speech; “Justice in Education and Religious Freedom” ; “Democracy and Religious Freedom,”; “A Democratic Equality Approach to Religious Exemptions” ,”Secularism, Equality and Political Legitimacy”, “Pragmatism and Human Rights,” “Human Rights and the Moral Basis of Liberalism”.  Both teachers and the second, third year students of the Faculty of Journalism attended his lectures. Read more »

Upbringing and good manners

Upbringing implies raising, rearing, nurture, education, training received during childhood, throughout a person’s formative years. It is common knowledge that upbringing is the most important, responsible, enormous duty a person can face. The main factors of personality are a biological heredity, physical environment or surroundings, culture, group and individual experience. Good upbringing leads to formation of a person, who is well-bred, well-mannered, courteous and refined. Generosity, kindness, attentiveness, politeness, esteem, friendliness, amiability, cordiality, sympathy, affability or having good demeanor manners are  are all about respecting others and yourself. Etiquette is about considering the aesthesis or feelings of other people, and being the charitable, humanitarian, eleemosynary person that others will like, revere and look up to. There is a golden rule that reads «Always do to others as you would wish them to do to you if you were in their place». Good manners can be applied everywhere, when one is at home, at work or university, at the table, on the phone, in the shops, even at the beach. Read more »

Upbringing is essential

Upbringing is the most significant factor that can influence, effect and impact on people. The important and major aspects in shaping the personality are upbringing, environment and heredity. There are great deals of quotations, proverbs, sayings about this influential aspect called upbringing.  This quotation was said by Leo Tolstoy, a Russian writer and philosopher, «Everything depends on upbringing». According to Desiderius Erasmus, a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian, «Young bodies are like tender plants, which grow and become hardened to whatever shape you’ve trained them». One more quote from Johnny Depp, an American actor, film producer, and musician, «My upbringing made me as I am now. But I can become merry and happy at once. There were many years I was feeling at a loss about my life or how I grew up. I couldn’t understand what is right or what is precious. At that time, I was so miserable and self-defeating. I was feeling angry with various things. My anger came up to the surface then. I don’t say such tendency has disappeared. Even now there are anger and the dark side in myself. But it’s the first time I’ve been so close to the light».

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The institute of Abai was opened in Kazakh National University named after Al-Farabi on the 24th of March, 2009. The Academician of International High School Science Academy, Doctor of Philology Science and professor Zhangara Dadebaev was chosen as a director of the Institute of Abai.