Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Heidegger on Teaching

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_137


Phenomenology; Teaching

Central to the contributions Heidegger makes to education are his pronouncements on teaching. These statements are not numerous, but where they appear they are significant because they situate teaching within Heidegger’s broader philosophy. In addition they offer a concrete way to comprehend how this philosophy may be applied – as Heidegger applied it – in terms of the encounters between teacher and student(s), by way of Da-sein.

Perhaps the most famous of Heidegger’s statements on teaching occurs in his 1951–1952 lecture series Was Heisst Denken? [What is called thinking?], the first lecture course he delivered on his return to teaching following his postwar suspension. I include the major section of this proclamation on teaching here, while acknowledging that more of relevance was said in the flow of this first lecture in the course:

Teaching is even more difficult than learning. We know that; but we rarely think about it. And why is teaching more...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Melbourne Graduate School of EducationThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia