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ERIC Number: EJ1024582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
Education in Nonviolence: Levinas' Talmudic Readings and the Study of Sacred Texts
Alexander, Hanan
Ethics and Education, v9 n1 p58-68 2014
The essay offers a Jewish account of education in nonviolence by examining the first of Emmanuel Levinas' Talmudic readings "Toward the Other." I begin by exploring Levinas' unique philosophy of religious education, which nurtures responsibility for the other, as part of an alternative to enlightenment-orientated modern Jewish thought pioneered by the likes of Gershom Scholem, Martin Buber, and Franz Rosenzweig. I then consider a question raised by Yusef Waghid and Zehavit Gross at the 2012 meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain in Oxford concerning whether one must forget in order to forgive great wrong doing such as South African Apartheid or the Holocaust of European Jewry. Through an examination of Levinas' treatment of several Talmudic passages, I argue that the Jewish tradition takes a paradoxical approach to this question. We should forget in order to remember wrong doing. The spiritual process that both perpetrators and victims must undergo in order to embrace this paradox, I contend, is a genuine education in nonviolence.
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Language: English
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