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A Levinasian Ethics for Education's Commonplaces

Between Calling and Inspiration

ISBN 9781137429162
Publication Date February 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Pivot
Series The Cultural and Social Foundations of Education

Making a clear distinction between schooling and education, A Levinasian Ethics for Education's Commonplaces explores how education ought to be inscribed in formal schooling, focusing primarily on high school and undergraduate institutions. Joldersma explores Emmanuel Levinas's understanding of ethics, and establishes the notion of transcendence as related to time immemorial and to time unforeseeable. These two concepts are connected to the types of indirect experience which will help define the structural conditions of education: being called to normative responsibility and being inspired with a hope that motivates action. These themes are used throughout the books to help support and substantiate the argument built around Schwab's four commonplaces of education: learner, teacher, curriculum, and institutions. Ultimately, education emerges as a response to the call of justice.

Clarence W. Joldersma is Professor of Education at Calvin College, USA.

1. Calling and Inspiration
2. Learning
3. Teaching
4. Curriculum
5. Institutions
6. Conclusion


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