Levinas and an ethics for science education

Educational Philosophy and Theory 38 (5):647–664 (2006)
Despite claims that STS science education promotes ethical responsibility, this approach is not supported by a clear philosophy of ethics. This paper argues that the work of Emmanuel Levinas provides an ethics suitable for an STS science education. His concept of the face of the Other redefines education as learning from the other, rather than about the other. Extrapolating the face of the Other to the non‐human world suggests an ethics for science education where the goal of pedagogy is peace with each other and the world through the rupture, eros and justice that arises from openness to the demands of the world. Understanding the infinite responsibility of the invocation presented by the face of the Other radically reconceptualizes science education from STS towards an E‐STS curriculum of responsiveness that critically employs the said of modern science and opportunities of experience to enable the next generation of citizens to act in peace to what the world is saying
Keywords philosophy  ethics  STS(E) science education  Levinas  curriculum theory
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DOI 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2006.00217.x
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Emmanuel Levinas (1961/1969). Totality and Infinity. Pittsburgh, Duquesne University Press.

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