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ERIC Number: EJ1072009
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0160-7561
The Forgotten: Implications of Lyotard's "Heidegger" and 'The Jews'" for Issues of Race in Philosophical Discourse
Loving, Gregory D.
Philosophical Studies in Education, v39 p97-106 2008
According to this author, race has been largely forgotten in Western philosophy's self-narrated identity. A stereotypical criticism of much of traditional academia is that it only studies "dead white males." Narrative structure of identity recognizes that all experience comes to us through an inherently selective interpretive framework. Some narratives are then considered unimportant; others become central. In essence, experience must be forgotten in order for a narrative to cohere. This forgetting, this editing, is at the heart of narrative. It is the dangers and opportunities which arise from such forgetting, that were made explicit through the work of Jean-François Lyotard. Lyotard's "Heidegger (Martin) and 'the Jews'" deals with the necessity of narrative to forget, to leave out events that do not fit into or would upset narrative structure. The types of forgetting Lyotard highlights help in investigating how race has been forgotten in the crafting of the story of Western philosophy and reflects on ways to deal with this forgetting, includes practicing an ethic of listening. A philosophy which will not sweep race under the rug is a more honest philosophy which has a chance of reengaging with the multicultural problems of the day. If our problems today are multicultural, multi-religious, multi-political, multi-gendered, then our philosophy must become these as well
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Language: English
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