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ERIC Number: EJ1021305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Education and the Face of the Other: Levinas, Camus and (Mis)Understanding
Roberts, Peter
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v45 n11 spec iss p1133-1149 2013
Among the most neglected of Albert Camus' literary works is his play "The misunderstanding." Composed while Camus was in exile in occupied France, and first performed on stage in 1944, "The misunderstanding" depicts the events that unfold when a man returns, without declaring his identity, to a home he left 20 years ago. Unrecognized, he is killed by his mother and sister for financial gain. This article draws on ideas from Emmanuel Levinas in identifying and discussing some of the key ethical and educational themes in the text. It is argued that the forms of misunderstanding evident in Camus' play mirror those exhibited in pedagogical institutions such as schools. "The misunderstanding" demonstrates that what is often missing in our communicative relations is careful attention to the Other. Camus does not offer us any easy way out when confronting the impossibility of fully knowing ourselves and others; instead, he shows that we must acknowledge the suffering this brings and take responsibility for it.
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Language: English
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