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Bringing me more than I contain … Discourse, Subjectivity and the Scene of Teaching in Totality and Infinity

Strhan, Anna (2008) Bringing me more than I contain … Discourse, Subjectivity and the Scene of Teaching in Totality and Infinity. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 41 (3). pp. 411-430. ISSN 0309-8249. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9752.2007.00571.x)

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Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between language, subjectivity and teaching in Emmanuel Levinas’s 'Totality and Infinity.' It aims to elucidate Levinas’s presentation of language as always already predicated on a relationship of responsibility towards that which is beyond the self, and the idea that it is only in this condition of being responsible that we are subjects. Levinas suggests that the relation with the Other through which I am a subject as one uniquely responsible is also the scene of teaching. Through examining these ethical conditions of subjectivity, I suggest that this notion of the self as oriented towards the Other in a relation of passivity presents a challenge to many of the standard topoi of teaching and learning and invite us to consider the nature of teaching in a provocative new manner.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/j.1467-9752.2007.00571.x
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
L Education
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: N. Isaeva
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2014 21:56 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 13:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42629 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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