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Media Courage: impossible pedagogy in an artificial community

2009

Paperback, 210 pages

ISBN 0981997228

ISBN-13 9780981997223

What does philosophy have to teach us about education today? How are we to understand traditional education in the world after Nietzsche and Heidegger? The book takes up the ancient Greek ideal of Paideia and contrasts it with the work of Martin Heidegger. A model of teaching emerges that practices "stupidity before the other" (Avital Ronell). It challenges community in cyber-space, and whether artificial beings like ourselves need to inhabit real places anymore.The book concludes with a description of a practice based on heuretics and electrate thinking, a possible example of an impossible pedagogy in an artificial community. Fred Isseks, Ph.D. is teaching communications at Middletown High School in New York State and courses in philosophy and communications at New York Institute of Technology. Along with his students, Dr. Isseks has produced several documentary films including Garbage, Gangsters, and Greed, a documentary about the role of organized crime in the toxic waste hauling industry.

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