Educational Theory 56 (3):287-304 (2006)

Ethics penetrates every aspect of Western education. Many of its dominant narratives — education as salvation, as progress, as panacea, and as liberation, for example — are infused with the ethical. Educators are compelled by ethical callings; in fact, education as the call of the ethical informs the singular and collective identities of educators. In this essay, Aparna Mishra Tarc troubles the role of the ethics in Western education using Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s deconstruction of the ethical in philosophy. Spivak’s deconstruction reveals how an ethics based in one’s idea of what the Other is and should be violates the uniqueness of Others. Spivak challenges educators to examine vigilantly the ethico‐political assumptions and discourses underlying ethical acts in the classroom. Drawing on the writings of Emmanuel Levinas, mediated by the thinking of Jacques Derrida, Spivak re‐imagines ethics apart from — and as a part of — its metaphysical heritage. Tarc discusses aspects of Spivak’s vision for an education borne out of ethical singularity as hearing and responding to the Other’s call. Finally, she explores its implications for how one might begin to respond justly to the conditions of others within and alongside of one’s own intellectual and pedagogical engagements
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