ERIC Number: EJ929335
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Publication Date: 2011-Apr
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Can You Hear Me Now? Jean-Jacques Rousseau on Listening Education
Laverty, Megan J.
Educational Theory, v61 n2 p155-169 Apr 2011
In this essay Megan J. Laverty argues that Jean-Jacques Rousseau's conception of humane communication and his proposal for teaching it have implications for our understanding of the role of listening in education. She develops this argument through a close reading of Rousseau's most substantial work on education, "Emile: Or, On Education". Laverty elucidates Rousseau's philosophy of communication, beginning with his taxonomy of the three voices--articulate, melodic, and accentuated--illustrating the ways in which they both enhance and obfuscate understanding. Next, Laverty provides an account of Rousseau's philosophical psychology, with specific reference to "amour-propre" and "amour de soi". Listening plays a central role in Rousseau's philosophy of communication, Laverty maintains, because it is in the act of listening that humans fulfill, or fail to fulfill, the imperative that we seek to understand others.
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