Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 211–232

Awakening from Descartes' nightmare: On the love of ambiguity in phenomenological approaches to education

  • David W. Jardine


This paper is an exploration of the Cartesian paradigms of clarity and univocity and how these inform contemporary educational theory and practice. Phenomenology is discussed as a way of disrupting Descartes' visions of clarity and distinctness as paradigms of knowledge and as a return of inquiry to life as it is actually lived. Analogical discourse is examined as a way of giving a voice to this sort of inquiry. Heidegger's notions of inquiry as obedience and thanksgiving are discussed.

Key Words

education inquiry Descartes univocity ambiguity analogy phenomenology Husserl Wittgenstein Heidegger 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David W. Jardine
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationThe University of CalgaryAlbertaCanada

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