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Title: Pedagogy with empty hands: Levinas, education and the question of being human
Author(s): Biesta, G J J
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Editor(s): Egéa-Kuehne, D
Citation: Biesta GJJ (2008) Pedagogy with empty hands: Levinas, education and the question of being human. In: Egéa-Kuehne D (ed.). Levinas and Education At the Intersection of Faith and Reason. Routledge International Studies in the Philosophy of Education, New York and London: Routledge, pp. 198-210.
Keywords: Levinas
moral education
educational theory
philosophy of education
Issue Date: 2008
Series/Report no.: Routledge International Studies in the Philosophy of Education
Abstract: First paragraph: Modern Education as a Humanist Practice. What does it mean to be human? What is the definition of humanity? What is the measure of humanity? These are age-old question with which philosophers have occupied themselves ever since they turned their gaze away from the natural world towards the human being itself. To say that these are questions with which philosophers have occupied themselves, is not to say that they are merely theoretical questions. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is one example of the way in which a particular definition of what it means to be human has had wide-ranging practical ramifications. The advancement of life-sciences and life-technologies in the 20th century which has made it possible to intervene in the creation and termination of human life in unprecedented ways, is another example which shows that questions about what it means to be human can literally be a matter of life and death.
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