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ERIC Number: EJ1120001
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
Potentialism and the Experience of the New
Jasinski, Igor
Ethics and Education, v11 n3 p352-358 2016
In this paper, I argue that potentialism is uniquely able to articulate the value of educational practices (such as philosophy with children, and study) that lack the kind of directionality commonly associated with educational activities. It does so by operating with radically different assumptions about the nature and value of education--assumptions that can be derived from the basic premise of progressive education that education needs to be rooted in experience. I follow here a line of thought that leads from Dewey's (broadly scientific) notion of experience aimed at new and better experiences, to Ivan Illich's emphasis on the experience of the new, to Gert Biesta's idea that education needs to allow students to bring something new into the world, to Jan Masschelein and Maarten Simons' emphasis on the experience of the possibility of the new. Finally, drawing from the work of Giorgio Agamben and Tyson E. Lewis, I show how a potentialist notion of experience operates with a different temporality, enabling us to think of the experience of the potentiality of the new as such as what accounts for the educational value of non-directional practices--not only in spite of, but because of their lack of directionality.
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Language: English
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