A Levinasian Ethics for Education’s Commonplaces: Between by C. Joldersma

By C. Joldersma

Joldersma applies Levinas's ethics systematically to the commonplaces of schooling - educating, studying, curriculum, and associations - and elucidates the function of justice and accountability and the which means of calling and concept in schooling.

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Or, high school teachers who are paid to teach can and do, in fact, learn from their teenage students. But in those cases, to the extent professors and high school teachers are learning, at the very moment they function as learners, they are inspired by their students, and thus are conditioned by a relation of asymmetry with the other from whom they are at that moment learning. That is, professional instructors are at that moment inspired subjects, existing in an asymmetric intersubjective relation with their students, who function in that relation as the disturbing, questioning, other.

40). From the perspective of the listening and speaking learner, there is a continuing distance in the relationship with the teacher as other. Conversation occurs across the gap of difference between oneself and the other. Communication does not erase that gap, but needs that gap for it to occur. Rather than fusing the difference or closing the gap, speaking as saying requires the student’s ongoing inability to be non-indifferent to the teacher. That is, the student is inspired by the teacher as other.

But in those cases, to the extent professors and high school teachers are learning, at the very moment they function as learners, they are inspired by their students, and thus are conditioned by a relation of asymmetry with the other from whom they are at that moment learning. That is, professional instructors are at that moment inspired subjects, existing in an asymmetric intersubjective relation with their students, who function in that relation as the disturbing, questioning, other. Inspiration for learning I have been arguing that although consciousness is undoubtedly involved in the process of learning, it is inspiration that gives learning its ethical orientation.

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