Enabling Education: Rethinking the Teacher-Student Relationship through Luce Irigaray’s Ethics of Difference

  • Tomoka Toraiwa
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Postmetaphysical Thought book series (PSPMT)


‘Letting the other be as other’ obviously does not mean here that one will not establish a relation with an other, that one will leave the other alone, or that one and other will not interact with one another. Irigaray’s philosophy has no room for thinking in that way. On the contrary, her entire work involves a sustained engagement with the relational aspects of human life. One of the most important questions for her is, precisely, how to establish a relationship between two individuals who are irreducible to one another, without reducing them to a one. In her ethics of difference I and the other remain two, and whereas we are related to one another, through our relationship, each realizes its own becoming, its own blossoming.


Educational Practice Feminist Pedagogy Critical Pedagogy Student Relationship Coercive Power 
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