Heidegger East and West: Philosophy as Educative Contemplation

Lewin, David (2015) Heidegger East and West: Philosophy as Educative Contemplation. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 49 (2). pp. 221-239. ISSN 0309-8249

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Abstract

"Resonances between Heidegger’s philosophy and Eastern
religious traditions have been widely discussed by scholars.
The significance of Heidegger’s thinking for education has
also become increasingly clear over recent years. In this
article I argue that an important aspect of Heidegger’s work,
the relevance of which to education is relatively undeveloped,
relates to his desire to overcome Western metaphysics, a
project that invites an exploration of his connections with
Eastern thought. I argue that Heidegger’s desire to
deconstruct the West implies the deconstruction of
conventional views of learning because both aim to undercut
the representational nature of thinking in ord er to recover
thinking as a form of contemplation. Consequently, education
should not be conceived as the acquisition of a more or less
correct mental picture, but suggests the opposite: the
relinquishing of all images in a contemplative aporia."

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Martin Buber
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Susan Blagbrough
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2016 13:31
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2017 20:30
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/525

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