Michel Serres’Le Parasiteand Martin Buber’s I and Thou: Noise in Informal Education Affecting Dialogue Between Communities in Conflict in the Middle East

Guilherme, Alex (2015) Michel Serres’Le Parasiteand Martin Buber’s I and Thou: Noise in Informal Education Affecting Dialogue Between Communities in Conflict in the Middle East. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 47 (10). pp. 1-17. ISSN 0013-1857

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2015.1031066

Abstract

One issue that is often ignored in political theory is the problem of means and modes of communication affecting dialogue between parties. In this age of hyper communication, this is something particularly relevant. The point here is that, despite the ease with which we have access to both means and modes of communication, there remains the problem of truly communicating and truly dialoguing with the Other. Michel Serres’ work Le Parasite is a seminal work on this issue. According to him, in means and modes of communication, the parasite is an unwanted entity that interferes with what would otherwise be a clear connection between a sender and a receiver. But messages must pass through means and modes of communication, and this necessarily interferes with the message. The noise is therefore a constitutive feature of any form of communication. In this article, I assess the implications of Serres’ theory for Buber’s views on dialogue and for conflict resolution between individuals and communities in conflict. My discussion will be centred on informal education and will make reference to concrete instances of Anti-Semitism in the Middle-Eastern media, and how it affects relations between communities in the region.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: "This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in [Educational Philosophy and Theory: Incorporating ACCESS ] on [10 April 2015], available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/[Article DOI 10.1080/00131857.2015.1031066]."
Keywords: Michel Serres, Martin Buber, informal education, Anti-Semitism, Middle-Eastern media
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Philippa Williams
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 14:59
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2016 14:59
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/426

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