Heidegger and the Lived Experience of Being a University Educator

Joshua Spier

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    Abstract

    This book explores the lived meanings of being a university educator from an existential perspective. The book enriches our understanding of educators’ experiences in light of Martin Heidegger’s early philosophy, and vice versa (opening our understanding of Heidegger’s philosophy through educators’ experiences). Also drawing on the philosophical insights of Hans-Georg Gadamer, the book situates the purposes and experiences of the ‘educator’ in historical and contemporary contexts. In doing so, the author reveals that being a university educator is essentially characterised by conversation and time. Inspired by the author’s own experiences of teaching community development and sociology within a youth-work specific bachelor degree, the book invites educators to apply existential philosophy as a tool to reflect upon their own experiences and to reconnect with the question of what it means to be an educator in their shared world of practice. This thoughtful volume is sure to resonate with the experiences of readers who educate within a university context.

    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
    PublisherPalgrave Pivot (Palgrave Macmillan)
    Number of pages136
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319715162
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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