Levinas and Education: At the Intersection of Faith and Reason / Edition 1

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This first book-length collection on Levinas and education gathers new texts written especially for this volume by an international group of scholars well known for their work in philosophy, educational theory, and on Levinas. It provides an introduction to some of Levinas's major themes of ethics, justice, hope, hospitality, forgiveness and more, as its contributing authors address some fundamental educational issues such as: what it means to be a teacher; what it means to learn from a teacher; the role of language in the curriculum; literature, ethics, and education; moral education and human relations in schools; ethics of responsibility and philosophical-pedagogical discourse; educational hospitality and interculturalism; unconditional responsibility and education; educating for participatory democratic citizenship; the pedagogy of peace; logic, rationality, and ethics; connecting teaching to spirituality.

Levinas always insisted that his aim was not to provide "a program," and accordingly, it is not the intent of the authors to look in Levinas's texts for a set of guidelines, rules, or precepts to be applied to education. Rather, this study invites educators, and researchers in philosophy and philosophy of education, to a thoughtful and critical reading of Levinas, and to engage with his unique style of analysis and questioning as they uncover with these authors the necessity and the possibility of thinking education anew in terms of ethics, justice, responsibility, hope and faith.

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" As a whole, I found that the book raised significant questions for Levinas’s philosophy and those who comment on it. Additionally, it provides a valuable resource for philosophers of education who might not have considered turning to Levinas to deepen their own reflections on teaching and learning. Regardless of one’s position on Levinas’s project, all of the essays presented challenges, questions, and insights worthy of consideration.—Studies in Philosophy and Education (2009), 28: 375-381
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Meet the Author

Denise Egéa-Kuehne is Professor of Education and Director of the French Education Project for Research and Teacher Education in the Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Practice at Louisiana State University. Her work includes Derrida & Education (co-edited with Gert J.J. Biesta, Routledge, 2001), and Key Critical Thinkers in Education: Derrida (forthcoming with Sense Publishers).

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgements     xi
Introduction   Denise Egea-Kuehne     1
Emmanuel Levinas: School Master and Pedagogue   Catherine Chalier   Ami Bouganim     13
Levinas's Quest for Justice: Of Faith and the "possibility of education"   Denise Egea-Kuehne     26
Questioning Education     41
The Importance of Enjoyment and Inspiration for Learning from a Teacher   Clarence W. Joldersma     43
Levinas and the Language of the Curriculum   Paul Standish     56
Emmanuel Levinas, Literary Engagement, and Literature Education   Claudia Eppert     67
Other than the Other: Levinas and the Educational Questioning of Infinity   Ian Mcpherson     85
Teaching Our Way Out When Nobody Knows the Way: A Levinasian Response to Modern Hope   Julian Miles Edgoose     100
Thinking the Other-The Other Thinking: Remarks on the Relevance of the Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas for the Philosophy of Education   Michael Wimmer     115
First Philosophy     137
The Priority of Ethics Over Ontology, the Issue of Forgiveness and Education: Levinas's Face-to-Face Ethics   Marianna Papastephanou     139
Thinking Educational Ethics with Levinas and Jonas   Eirick Prairat     155
Welcoming and Difficult Learning: Reading Levinas with Education   Sharon Todd     170
Autonomy and Heteronomy: Kant and Levinas   Zdenko Kodelja     186
Pedagogy with Empty Hands: Levinas, Education, and the Question of Being Human   Gert J. J. Biesta     198
Between Ethics and Politics     211
How Hospitable Can Dwelling Be? The Folds of Spatiality in Levinas   Zelia Gregoriou     213
Justice in the Name of the Other: Levinas on Rights and Responsibility   Ann Chinnery   Heesoon Bai     228
Peace as Being Taught: The Philosophical Foundations of a Culture of Peace   Jeffrey Dudiak     242
Dehiscence: A Dispersal of Levinas in the South Pacific, for Education   Betsan Martin     253
Ethical Obligation in Caring for the Other: Reflections on Levinas   Jim Garrison     272
Contributors     287
Index     293

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