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ERIC Number: EJ903998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1558-2973
Dialogue as Philosophical Inquiry in the Teaching of Tolerance and Sympathy
Laverty, Megan
Learning Inquiry, v1 n2 p125-132 Aug 2007
Classroom conversations designed to foster mutual understanding encourage students to listen in a way that is receptive, open, and self-eclipsing. Such an emphasis on tolerance makes these conversations vulnerable to relativism and cynicism. I argue that dialogical philosophical inquiry diminishes such threats, as it fosters mutual appreciation of community and individuality. I offer three reasons for this in the context of a graduate-level course for teachers on dialogical philosophical inquiry. First, the inquiry into shared concepts creates a sense of commonality that transcends differences: all humans seek wisdom irrespective of its form. Second, dialogical philosophical inquiry prompts students to discover the inherent limitations of their perspectives, and to internalize the perspective of the other as a constant in their own thinking. Third, students are given an opportunity to practice relations with others that are informed by the first two points. In dialogical philosophical inquiry students reflect on their thinking together in an effort to improve it. The philosophers referred to in this article include Martin Buber, Nicholas Burbules, Jim Garrison and Leonard Waks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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