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ERIC Number: EJ1046752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Self-Deception in the Classroom: Educational Manifestations of Sartre's Concept of Bad Faith
Blenkinsop, Sean; Waddington, Tim
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v46 n14 p1511-1521 2014
This article explores an important section of Jean-Paul Sartre's famous early work, "Being and Nothingness." In that section Sartre proposes that part of the human condition is to actively engage in a particular kind of self-deception he calls bad faith. Bad faith is recognized by the obvious inconsistency between the purported self-knowledge of an individual and ways of acting and being in the world that are demonstrably in defiance of that stated position. This article begins by exploring examples of this self-deception in education along with a short query into the role pain avoidance might play in the development of this particular skill. The article then goes on to offer a series of manifestations of bad faith that Sartre identified along with possible examples of how each example, perhaps "excuse", of bad faith might appear in education.
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Language: English
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