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ERIC Number: EJ1118869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Action, an "Encompassing Ethic" and Academics in the Midst of the Climate Crisis
Plowright, Susan
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v48 n14 p1442-1451 2016
In the midst of a crisis like the climate crisis and calls for "all hands on deck", what do academics, as a microcosm of humanity, see? In Hannah Arendt's terms, an "abyss of freedom" to act or a paralysing "abyss of nothingness"? Some from the academy themselves, including Tamboukou, Apple and Bourdieu, make judgements more akin to the latter and mount arguments to urge action. This paper joins their call and theorises ethical and demonstrably plausible resources as a potentially generative heuristic for political action by academics in the face of "dark times". I develop these resources by initially drawing on Arendt's ethical, but limited, action process. Then, through interpreting and expanding her unfinished theory of judging and echoing Karl Jaspers' concept The Encompassing, I propose the notion of an "encompassing ethic". This ethic, synthesised with Arendt's action process, ameliorates action's limitations and suggests the idea of "encompassing action". The paper concludes by bringing these conceptual resources to life through two inspiring historical examples of such action involving academics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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