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ERIC Number: EJ1228746
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0160-7561
Teaching Ignorance: On the Importance of Developing Psychoanalytic Sensibilities in Education
Logue, Jennifer
Philosophical Studies in Education, v50 p105-114 2019
Lacan once remarked that there was "something quite ironic about Christ's injunction to love thy neighbor as thyself because, actually, people hate themselves." Can Lacan's observation about our loving and hating our neighbors the way we love and hate ourselves help us to make sense of ongoing, almost incomprehensible suffering, the rise of hate crime, cruelty, and alt-right nationalist movements here and around the globe? While for some, bearing witness to the suffering of others is a call to action, for others it is paralyzing, anxiety inducing, maddening and depressing. Others still may be relatively aware but choose not to care as they find themselves completely consumed by trying to make ends meet, overwhelmed in trying to meet the demands of their own unaffordable and increasingly instrumentalized education in this cult of efficiency, where folks are measured in terms of productivity rather than dignity. Worse yet, bound by doctrine or ideology, there are those that find the cruelty and suffering of Others justifiable, necessary, and even, quite pleasurable. What can we reasonably hope from education in such a political climate? In this paper, the author suggests that ignorant attachment can help to account for all that has led to and follows from Trumpism. She advocates for teaching about varieties of ignorance with a psychoanalytic sensibility as one strategy with which to engage the emotional investments that sustain apathy and the ignorant refusal to care in this new era of suffering and spectatorship.
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Language: English
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