Levinas in the Philosophy of Education
Emmanuel Levinas (1906–1995), one of the most original philosophers of the twentieth century, has not only had considerable influence on several generations of contemporary French philosophers and played a major part in the “ethical turn” in postmodern philosophy but has also significantly influenced educators and educational theorists worldwide in their rethinking of educational theories and practices in the face of political, social, and ethical challenges. Against the modern Western convention that centers human subjectivity on the all-encompassing power of ego and consciousness, Levinas locates the origin of the subject in the pre-ego, preconscious connection with the Other and the world and has worked out an ethical theory of the subject in which the imprint of, and the self’s responsibility to, the Other breaks open the enclosed identity and entails a formation of...
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