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ERIC Number: EJ1035696
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
Education, Freedom, and Temporality: A Response to Biesta and Säfström's Manifesto
Yun, Suninn
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v48 n3 p385-399 Aug 2014
Since it was first published in 2011, "A Manifesto for Education" by Gert Biesta and Karl Anders Säfström has received numerous enthusiastic reviews and been hailed as providing "an alternative vision for education". Such enthusiasm, however, is perhaps not purely attributable to the substance of the text but also to the form that it adopts. In this regard, I attempt to explore what the authors refer to as the ironic usage of this genre of writing in relation to its message. The authors diagnose a problem in education related to the modern understanding of time, and they suggest an alternative "non-temporality" in which we "stay in the tension between 'what is' and 'what is not'". While I appreciate the Manifesto's attempt to offer criticism based on the link between freedom and temporality in education, I take issue with aspects of their analysis. I discuss temporality and freedom through a reading of Martin Heidegger in which the concept of time in education is understood in terms of human freedom as possibility.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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