ERIC Number: EJ1036882
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
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Reference Count: 40
Freedom Reconsidered: Heteronomy, Open Subjectivity, and the "Gift of Teaching"
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v33 n5 p513-525 Sep 2014
This paper analyzes the entanglement of the modern concepts of freedom, autonomy, and the modern notion of the subject and how a passion for and insistence on freedom has undermined the reconstruction of human subjectivity in Heidegger and Foucault, and how such passion has also limited the educational effort at addressing the problems brought to education by the modern notion of the subject. Drawing on Levinas, it suggests that a new understanding of freedom as heteronomy will allow us to envision an open subjectivity that is essential for education. Particularly, it looks at Gert Biesta's recent campaigns for "subjectification" and "the gift of teaching" to analyze the underlying contradictions caused by the entanglement of freedom and subjectivity.
Descriptors: Freedom, Personal Autonomy, Educational Philosophy, Teaching (Occupation), Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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