Negativity, experience and transformation: Educational possibilities at the margins of experience - insights from the German traditions of philosophy of education

Andrea English*

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Abstract

The negativity of experience arises in our encounters with difference and otherness, and locates the moments in which we begin to learn from disillusionment, struggle and suffering. The questions that I ask in this paper relate to the difficulties and possibilities surrounding the relationship between self and other in education. How does the learner experience the world and learn to interact with other human beings? What is the teacher’s role in the learner’s process of experiencing and learning about the world? Can and should the teacher guide or even interrupt this process? Here, I seek to answer these questions by examining the educational meaning of ‘negativity’ as it plays a constitutive role in transformational encounters between the self and the other. To do this, I turn to the German tradition of philosophy of education. As I will seek to show, the discourse in German educational philosophy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and in its more recent developments provides fruitful grounds for furthering the conversation around cross-cultural concerns about education. In looking to the future of cross-cultural dialogue on this topic, I discuss the indispensable need for inquiry into how we might continue to theoretically and practically approach ‘negativity’ as a permanent blind spot that marks the human experience.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation and the Kyoto School of Philosophy
Subtitle of host publicationPedagogy for Human Transformation
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages203-220
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789400740471
ISBN (Print)9789400740464
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2012

Publication series

NameContemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education
Publisher Springer, Dordrecht

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