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ERIC Number: EJ1214781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Daoist "Onto-Un-Learning" as a Radical Form of "Study": Re-Imagining Study and Learning from an Eastern Perspective
Zhao, Weili
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v38 n3 p261-273 May 2019
Within educational philosophy and theory, there has been an international re-turn to envision "study" as an alternative formation to disrupt the defining "learning" logic. As an enrichment, this paper articulates "Daoist onto-un-learning" as an Eastern form of "study," drawing upon Roger Ames's (Confucian role ethics: a vocabulary, Chinese University Press, Hong Kong, 2011) interpretation of the ancient Chinese correlative cosmology and relational personhood thinking. This articulation is to dialogue with the conceptualizations of study (with) shared by Giorgio Agamben, Derek Ford, and Tyson Lewis, and unfolds in three steps. First, I examine how their conceptualizations of "study" ("with") constrain the "studier-doing-study" logic as a commonsensical expression of "foundational individualism" (Rosemont and Ames in Confucian role ethics: a moral vision for the 21st century?, VetR Unipress, Göttingen, 2016) and anthropocentric disordering (Harari in Sapiens: a brief history of humankind, Vintage, London, 2015). Second, re-invoking the ancient Chinese wisdom, I envision "Daoist onto-un-learning" as a non-individualistic and non-anthropocentric form of "study," re-configuring study and learning no longer as two disparate, if not necessarily oppositional, formations but into a Daoist bipolar yin-yang movement. Finally, I story-tell my doctoral research experience as a Daoist onto-un-learning journey, a spiralling learning-study movement, to unpack the ways it suspends and overturns the modern-Western(nized) trap/trope of anthropocentric-foundational individualism. In so doing, this paper further internationalizes and supplements the current "study" scholarship in relation to learning in a way so-far hardly explored yet cross-culturally provocative.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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