Beyond Levinas’ Other: My Journey Reimaging Science Education

  • David BladesEmail author
Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 17)


Some published papers (if not most) are the consequence of a confluence of many voices and events. These events are typically hidden from the reader in the published presentation of the final product. This chapter shares the author’s journey writing his paper, Levinas and an Ethics for Science Education (Blades D, Educ Philos Theory 38(5): 623–640, 2006). By sharing the development of this paper the author problematizes the notion of the author as a singular voice, revealing instead how interjections, seemingly random encounters and the planned and unplanned voices of others, even of non-human others, can contribute to the growth and development of ideas and phrases that evolve into a published paper. This disclosing is offered as an example of how a publication represents a moment, a crystallization of events into words, which is often enabled by the contributions of many authors, each part of a complex, dynamic network of discourses that led to the moment of publication. Revealing the underlying complexity informing a work helps to humanize the act of publishing and hopefully opens for conversation the meaning behind the journey of publishing an academic paper.


Levinas Other Author Interjections Science education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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