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ERIC Number: EJ774695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0826-4805
Teaching with Ignorance: Questions of Social Justice, Empathy, and Responsible Community
Todd, Sharon
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v35 n3 p337-352 Sep 2004
This paper explores the limitations of empathy for the formation of community, particularly within social justice education. I begin with a discussion of the major tension within the idea of community--that it is founded at once on commonality and difference. Building in particular upon the work of Emmanuel Levinas, the paper articulates an understanding of community as a signifying encounter with difference that is not founded upon knowledge about the other, but upon a being-for and feeling-for the other. Focusing upon the explicitly educational commitment to working out forms of relationality conducive to establishing community and social justice across social differences, I ask how might teaching with ignorance, as opposed to teaching for empathy, bring us closer to the being-for others that marks our ethical engagement with other people and engenders our responsibility to the collective?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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