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Philosophy as Translation and the Understanding of Other Cultures

1st Edition

Edited by Naomi Hodgson, Naoko Saito


134 pages

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The existential crises involved in translation are part of our political life, especially in times when the closing of borders symbolized by Brexit and the triumph of Donald Trump, present new challenges to those living lives of immigrancy and those waiting at the borders. How to resist the emotive tide of populism and, in particular, the language that legitimates exclusion? How to confront the anxieties of inclusion? These challenges are increasingly pressing. The 2016 Conference of the International Network of Philosophers of Education sought to address such concerns through the theme ‘Philosophy as translation and the understanding of other cultures’. The chapters included here represent the breadth and richness of that conference, addressing questions of ethics, desire, religious understanding, intercultural philosophy, and practices of higher education and teacher education. The processes of translation they discuss are not limited to linguistic translation as conventionally understood. Instead translation is taken to be a window through which to understand how we, as linguistic beings, are constantly in a process of transformation, and how our personal and cultural identities are, hence, also already involved in processes of translation. This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethics & Education.

Table of Contents

Introduction: philosophy as translation and the understanding of other cultures

Naoko Saito and Naomi Hodgson


Naoko Saito

1. Better late than never: understanding Chinese philosophy and ‘translating it’ into the western academy

Roger T. Ames

2. Translation on its own terms? Toward education for global culture

Naoko Saito

3. Inclusive education and Barrierefreiheit: some social-epistemological considerations

Kai Horsthemke

4. The difficult pursuit of truth: a response to Kai Horsthemke

Rafał Godoń

5. Love and social justice in learning for sustainability

Morwenna Griffiths and Rosa Murray

6. Beyond theory and practice: towards an ethics of translation

Marina Schwimmer

7. Translating desire (and frustration)

Chien-Ya Sun

8. The hermeneutics of religious understanding in a postsecular age

David Lewin

9. The ‘religion of the child’: Korczak’s road to radical humanism

Marc Silverman

10. Intercultural philosophy and education in a global society: philosophical divides are dotted lines

Renate Schepen

11. Refusal and disowning knowledge: re-thinking disengagement in higher education

Amanda Fulford

12. Is moral philosophy an educationally worthwhile activity? Toward a liberal democratic theory of teacher education

Christopher Martin

About the Editors

Naomi Hodgson is Lecturer in Education Studies at Liverpool Hope University, UK, specialising in educational philosophy. Her current research focuses on the role of digital technologies in reframing the parent-child relationship. Her publications include Philosophy and Theory in Education: Writing in the Margin, with Dr Amanda Fulford (Routledge, 2016).

Naoko Saito is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, Japan. Her area of research is American philosophy and pragmatism and their implications for education. She is the author of The Gleam of Light: Moral Perfectionism and Education in Dewey and Emerson (2005) and America Tetsugaku no Yoake (The Dawning of American Philosophy) (2018, Japanese), and co-editor (with Paul Standish) of Education and the Kyoto School of Philosophy (2012), Stanley Cavell and the Education of Grownups (2012), and Stanley Cavell and Philosophy as Translation: The Truth is Translated (2017).

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