Encountering and Understanding Suffering

Teaching Philosophy 32 (2):153-176 (2009)
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In this article I claim that service-learning experiences, wherein students work directly with individuals in need—individuals from whom studentscan learn what they cannot learn elsewhere—are invaluable, and perhaps necessary, for any curriculum with an aim toward the development of ethical understanding, personal moral character and commitment, and/or conscientious citizenship, both local and global. My argument rests on Emmanuel Levinas’s philosophical ethical theory that re-envisions the ethical relation as arising out of revelation from the unique and precious Other, rather than reason and the rational determinations and conceptions of the ethical agent.



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Katherine Kirby
University of St. Michael's College

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