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The Metamorphosis and the Confounded Speech

  • Elise L. Chu
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Part of the Curriculum Studies Worldwide book series (CSWW)

Abstract

Drawing on Quinn’s (Going Out, Not Knowing Whither: Education, the Upward Journey, and the Faith of Reason. New York, NY: Peter Lang, 2001) illumination of humanity’s history with the sacred through Nietzsche’s allegory of On the Three Metamorphoses and Ricoeur’s essay on religion, atheism, and faith, the author envisions the coming of the historical moment for human beings to complete the metamorphosis toward a new spirit of faith, or a new religion that is not a religion, and proposes the requirement of combining faith with reason and reason with faith on the way in establishing this new kind of faith. Then, through the lens of the hermeneutic circle, the author demonstrates how the exclusion of spiritual wisdom and lived experiences from curriculum have undermined human beings’ capacities to understand and create meanings of life. Finally, the author addresses the topic of confounded speech and highlights the inherent openness of the meanings of different languages and traditions by means of drawing on philosophical hermeneutics.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elise L. Chu
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  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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