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    Teaching With Ignorance: Questions of Social Justice, Empathy, and Responsible Community

    Todd, Sharon (2004) Teaching With Ignorance: Questions of Social Justice, Empathy, and Responsible Community. Interchange, 35 (3). pp. 337-352. ISSN 0826-4805

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    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?

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Empathy; social justice; community; responsibility; Levinas; being-for; feeling-for; teaching; Derrid;, Bauman;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 8534
    Depositing User: Prof. Sharon Todd
    Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 12:03
    Journal or Publication Title: Interchange
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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