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    Guilt, Suffering and Responsibility

    Todd, Sharon (2001) Guilt, Suffering and Responsibility. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 35 (4). pp. 597-614. ISSN 0309-8249

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    This paper examines the moral significance of guilt in the context of how students confront the suffering of another. Within social-justice education, such confrontations are often staged in pedagogical efforts to encourage students to assume social responsibility. Frequently, however, the guilt that students claim to endure as a result of these pedagogical encounters is not perceived to be of much ethical import. By exploring the psychoanalytic wor kof Melanie Klein and the ethical philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, this essay argues that guilt arises out of our susceptibility to another's pain and that it plays a crucial role both in `making reparation' 'Klein) and in the very formation of responsibility itself 'Levinas).

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Guilt; Suffering; Responsibility;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 8539
    Depositing User: Prof. Sharon Todd
    Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 14:14
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Philosophy of Education
    Publisher: Wiley
    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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