Towards an Ontology of Teaching

Thing-centred Pedagogy, Affirmation and Love for the World

  • Joris Vlieghe
  • Piotr Zamojski

Part of the Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education book series (COPT, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Joris Vlieghe, Piotr Zamojski
    Pages 1-10
  3. Joris Vlieghe, Piotr Zamojski
    Pages 29-43
  4. Joris Vlieghe, Piotr Zamojski
    Pages 45-61
  5. Joris Vlieghe, Piotr Zamojski
    Pages 63-78
  6. Joris Vlieghe, Piotr Zamojski
    Pages 97-111
  7. Joris Vlieghe, Piotr Zamojski
    Pages 113-130
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 167-173

About this book


This book opens an original and timely perspective on why it is we teach and want to pass on our world to the new generation. Teaching is presented in this book as a way of being, rather than as a matter of expertise, which is driven by love for a subject matter. With the help of philosophical thinkers such as Arendt, Badiou and Agamben, the authors articulate a fully positive account of education that goes beyond the critical approach, which has become prevailing in much contemporary educational theory, and which testifies to a hate of the world and to a confusion of what politics and education are about. Therefore, the authors develop the idea of a thing-centred pedagogy, as opposed to both teacher-centred and student-centred approaches. The authors furthermore illustrate their purely educational account of teaching by looking at the writing and the television performance of Leonard Bernstein who embodies what teaching out of love and care for a subject is all about. This book is of interest to all those concerned with fundamental and philosophical questions about education and to those interested in (music) education. 


Educational theory Relationship between education and politics Bernstein's 100th birthday Love and passion in teaching Philosophy of teaching Musicology Algemeine pädagogik Erziehungswissenschaften Young People Concertos Thing-centredness in education Fundamental questions about education Post-critical pedagogy Ontology of teaching Thing-centred pedagogy Educational love Educational equality Educational responsibility Leonard Bernstein as a teacher Education and politics Hannah Arendt

Authors and affiliations

  • Joris Vlieghe
    • 1
  • Piotr Zamojski
    • 2
  1. 1.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.University of GdańskGdańskPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-16002-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-16003-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-9759
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-9767
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