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By C. Joldersma

Joldersma applies Levinas's ethics systematically to the commonplaces of schooling - educating, studying, curriculum, and associations - and elucidates the position of justice and accountability and the that means of calling and idea in schooling.

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That subjectivity constitutes the ethical orientation that animates learning. 0006  A Levinasian Ethics for Education’s Commonplaces The inspired subject In situating the autonomy model, I will argue that the character of human subjectivity at its deepest is something other than consciously developed autonomy. The first-person autonomy of the learner is situated in a first-person heteronomous subjectivity, one that I call the inspired subject. Levinas’s idea of the heteronomous subject is intrinsically connected to the idea of radical intersubjectivity, also the topic of the next section.

Learning on this construal centrally involves consciousness—the intentionality that correlates thought and object. In doing so, the object is determined by the learning subject. The object is construed as constituted by consciousness through endowing it with meaning through reference. Intentionality’s arrow involves meaning-giving by capturing the multiplicity of what is given to consciousness through thematizing them as realities stable enough to be identified. As an act of synthesis, thematization picks out the important and enduring, clear constants in the plenitude of sensibility that is given.

In developing these ideas, I rely on the ideas developed in the previous chapter. My focus on transcendent conditions gives a better understanding of the ethical orientation that grounds a learner’s relation when being taught by another, a teacher. The student as autonomous A traditional way to characterize the subjectivity of students is by using the idea of autonomy. Characterizing the student as someone who gains knowledge is often aligned in our social imaginary with a concept of self-development.

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