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ERIC Number: ED465704
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 24
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"The Community of Those Who Have Nothing in Common": Re-Affirming the Ethical Nature of Education.
Biesta, Gert J. J.
It can be argued that education was rather late in adopting and responding to postmodernism. A reason for education to engage with postmodernism can be related to the educational project which was closely connected to some of the central ideas of modernity and a central element of modernism and modernization. For some, postmodernism implies relativism, a world without direction. This paper is an attempt to move beyond the modern/postmodern debate, which has been built on the framework of objectivism and relativism. The paper does not attempt to move beyond postmodernism, but instead explores the postmodern exposition and questioning of totalization in postmodern (ethical and political) terms, vice modern (epistemological and metaphysical) terms. It does this through the community view, by looking at different ways to understand the idea of community. It exposes and questions the totalizing tendencies of a specific way to understand community through the exercise of opening up; proposing to task education to follow this exercise methodology. The main point is that a person's subjectivity, that which makes a person a unique, singular being, is of an ethical nature. (Contains 25 references and 3 notes.) (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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