1st Edition

Essays in the Phenomenology of Learning The Challenge of Proximity

By Fiachra Long Copyright 2023
    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores the phenomenology of learning with particular focus on the ‘closeness’ or ‘proximity’ of the knowledge that impacts on learners, young and old.

    Studying the power of learning to transform human beings, this book offers an in-depth discussion of how different phenomenologists understand this ‘proximate’ power. It draws on ideas of encounter from Husserl, care from Heidegger, bodily learning from Merleau-Ponty, language from Foucault, omnipotence from Winnicott and recognition from Honneth. The book examines how phenomenological insight can explain the character of radical learning.

    The book will appeal to academics and post-graduate students in the fields of philosophy of education, educational psychology, teaching, and learning.



    Part I Approaches to proximity

    1. Socrates and the proximity of address
    2. Phenomenology and the proximity of learning
    3. Part II Phenomenological perspectives

    4. Husserl and the proximity of encounter
    5. Heidegger and the proximity of care
    6. Boredom and the proximity of risk
    7. Merleau-Ponty and the proximity of body
    8. Foucault and the proximity of words
    9. Part III Fundamental proximity

    10. Winnicott and the proximity of omnipotence
    11. Honneth and the proximity of recognition



    Fiachra Long is retired Senior Lecturer in Education at University College Cork.