1st Edition

Levinas and the Philosophy of Education

Edited By Guoping Zhao Copyright 2018
    130 Pages
    by Routledge

    130 Pages
    by Routledge

    Delving into Levinas’s ideas in nuanced and sophisticated ways, this book innovatively blends and juxtaposes Levinas with other thinkers, perspectives, and fields of thinking. Some contributions are traditional, but superbly analyzed and argued renderings of his thought, and they contrast with more creative readings of Levinas through lenses such as Durkheim, Habermas, feminism and indigenous, new materialism.

    This collection will serve to reinvigorate Levinas and the importance of the many facets of his thinking that link to the ethical and lived dimensions to our educational worlds. Readers will find this to be a very interesting, engrossing, and well thought out book that forms a vibrant and exciting intervention into the philosophy of education and Levinas studies in general. This book was originally published as a special issue of Educational Philosophy and Theory.

    Introduction: Levinas and the Philosophy of Education Guoping Zhao

    1. Levinas, Durkheim, and the Everyday Ethics of Education Anna Strhan

    2. Singularity and Community: Levinas and democracy Guoping Zhao

    3. Sound not Light: Levinas and the Elements of Thought Emma Williams and Paul Standish

    4. The Rediscovery of Teaching: On robot vacuum cleaners, non-egological education and the limits of the hermeneutical world view Gert Biesta

    5. The Temporal Transcendence of the Teacher as Other Clarence W. Joldersma

    6. Education Incarnate Sharon Todd

    7. Taking Responsibility into all Matter: Engaging Levinas for the climate of the 21st Century Betsan Martin


    Guoping Zhao is a Professor at Oklahoma State University, USA, and an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of philosophy of education and comparative philosophy. Her work covers a broad range of topics including the theories of the subject, ethics, spirituality, and democracy.