3. Learning to Innovate in Higher Education Through Deep Wonder
Journal: PHILOSOPHY AND THEORY IN HIGHER EDUCATION Volume 1 Issue 3 Year 2019 pp. 51 - 74
Humanities and liberal art are called for in science and innovation. The fast development in Artificial Intelligence, Biotechnology, etc. demands a new kind of “Responsible Innovation”. How do we in higher education teaching work with ethical, existential, philosophical and even metaphysical questions concerning what a human being and a good life is? In this article the focus will be on learning to innovate through nurturing teaching practices for deep wonder among students and teachers. By taking up Ronald Barnett’s notion of a ‘Metaphysical University” and his description of the Three Voices in university teaching (the Voices of Skill, Knowledge and Being), and by elaborating on the Phenomenology of Wonder and what I call “delicate problems” in contrast to “wicked problems”—this article suggested a model for a Four Voiced Approach to innovation in higher education. The Fourth Voice being the Voice of Ethical Callings.