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ERIC Number: EJ1072147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Michel Serres' "Le Parasite" and Martin Buber's "I and Thou: Noise" in Informal Education Affecting "Dialogue" between Communities in Conflict in the Middle East
Guilherme, Alex
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v47 n10 p1052-1068 2015
One issue that is often ignored in political theory is the problem of means and modes of communication affecting "dialogue" between parties. In this age of hyper communication, this is something particularly relevant. The point here is that, despite the ease with which we have access to both means and modes of communication, there remains the problem of "truly communicating" and "truly dialoguing" with the Other. Michel Serres' work "Le Parasite" is a seminal work on this issue. According to him, in means and modes of "communication", the "parasite" is an unwanted entity that interferes with what would otherwise be a clear connection between a sender and a receiver. But messages must pass through means and modes of communication, and this necessarily interferes with the message. The noise is therefore a constitutive feature of any form of communication. In this article, I assess the implications of Serres' theory for Buber's views on "dialogue" and for "conflict resolution" between individuals and communities in conflict. My discussion will be centred on informal education and will make reference to concrete instances of Anti-Semitism in the Middle-Eastern media, and how it affects relations between communities in the region.
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Language: English
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