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Bearing with Strangers
Arendt, Education and the Politics of Inclusion

ISBN 9780367583415
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

Bearing with Strangers looks at inclusion in education in a new way, regarding education as a discipline with practical and theoretical concepts and criteria which emanate from education and schooling itself. By introducing the notion of the instrumental fallacy, it shows how this is not only an inherent feature of inclusive education policies, but also omnipresent in modern educational policy. It engages schooling through an Arendtian framework, constituted by and in a specific practice with the aim of mediating between generations. It outlines a didactic and pedagogical theory that presents inclusion not as an aim for education, but as a constitutive feature of the activity of schooling.

Drawing on the work of Hannah Arendt, the book offers a novel and critical perspective on inclusive education, as well as a contribution to a growing literature re-engaging didactic and pedagogical conceptions of teaching and the role of the teacher. Schooling is understood as a process of opening the world to the young and of opening the world to the renewal that the new generations offer. The activity of schooling offers the possibility of becoming attentive toward what is common while learning to bear with that which is strange and those who are strangers. The book points to valuable metaphors and ideas – referred to in the book as ‘pearls’ – that speak to the heart of what schooling and teaching concerns.

Bearing with Strangers will be of great interest to academics, researchers and post-graduate students in the fields of philosophy of education, inclusive education and educational policy.

Table of Contents



Preparing to not speak by speaking a little

Arendt’s educational writings

What is schooling?

What is teaching?

What is a teacher?

What is a student?

Final remarks (Speaking once more about inclusion)


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Morten T. Korsgaard, PhD, is Senior Lecturer at the University of Malmö and part of the research group Philosophical Studies of Education. He works primarily in philosophy of education, educational theory and inclusive education.