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ERIC Number: EJ1140355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-2369-8659
Egalitarianism, Safety, and Virtue in Education: A Response to Callan
Turcotte-Summers, Jonathan
Philosophical Inquiry in Education, v24 n1 p91-101 2016
In this article, Turcotte-Summers responds to Eamonn Callan's essay "Education in Safe and Unsafe Spaces" (2016) with three main counterarguments. First, the correct response to the systemic oppressions faced by our students is not a more liberal but a more liberatory and radical education. Second, dignity safety is not a useful construct for such an education, nor are any constructs of safety based on psychological states; instead, proposed is one based on reducing proven, observable causes of harm, especially the violence of systemic oppressions--an interpretation that may challenge the hegemonic view of free speech and academic freedom. Third, while civility and candor are desirable in a classroom, they should not be prioritized over virtues that are more essential to anti-oppressive harm reduction, such as commitment to equity, love of justice, and vulnerability. [For "Education in Safe and Unsafe Spaces," see EJ1140343.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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