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On the Pedagogy of Suffering

Hermeneutic and Buddhist Meditations

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Edited By David W. Jardine, Christopher Gilham and Graham McCaffrey

This text articulates how and why suffering can be pedagogical in character and how it is often key to authentic and meaningful acts of teaching and learning. This is an ancient idea from the Greek tragedies of Aeschylus (c. 525 BCE) – pathei mathos or «learning through suffering». In our understandable rush to ameliorate suffering at every turn and to consider every instance of it as an error to be avoided at all costs, we explore how the pedagogy that can come from suffering becomes obscured and something vital to a rich and vibrant pedagogy can be lost. This collection threads through education, nursing, psychiatry, ecology, and medicine, through scholarship and intimate breaths, and blends together affinities between hermeneutic conceptions of the cultivation of character and Buddhist meditations on suffering and its locale in our lives. This book will be useful for graduate courses on hermeneutic research in education, educational psychology, counseling, and nursing/medicine.

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Chapter Seven: Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 W . John Williamson Chapter Eight: Second Fragment: Thoughts on “Breaking the Gaze” . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Christopher Gilham, David Jardine, & Graham McCaffrey Chapter Nine My Treasured Relation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Jodi Latremouille Chapter Ten: Some Introductory Words for Two Little Earth-Cousins . . . . . . . . . . . 83 David W . Jardine Chapter Eleven: This Is Why We Read . This Is Why We Write . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 David W . Jardine Chapter Twelve: The Elision of Suffering in Mental Health Nursing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Graham McCaffrey Chapter Thirteen: Fragment Three: Bringing Suffering into the Path . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 David W . Jardine, Graham McCaffrey & Christopher Gilham Chapter Fourteen: A Black Blessing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Alexandra Fidyk Chapter Fifteen: Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Judson Innes Chapter Sixteen: Quickening, Patience, Suffering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 David W . Jardine Chapter Seventeen: Smart Ass Cripple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 W . John Williamson Chapter Eighteen: The Comfort of Suffering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Gilbert Drapeau Chapter Nineteen: Fragment Four: “And Yet, and Yet” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Christopher Gilham, David W . Jardine & Graham McCaffrey Chapter Twenty: “Neither They nor Their Reward” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 Alan A . Block Chapter Twenty-One: “Nobody Understood Why I Should Be Grieving” . . . . . . . . 157 David W . Jardine Chapter Twenty-Two: “God’s Sufferings Teach God Nothing”: Some Emails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Alan A . Block & David W . Jardine table of contents | vii Chapter Twenty-Three: Compassion Loves Suffering: Notes on a Paper Never Written . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Christopher Gilham, David Jardine, & Graham McCaffrey Chapter Twenty-Four: “Isn’t All Oncology Hermeneutic?” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Nancy J . Moules, David W . Jardine, Graham McCaffrey, & Christopher Brown Chapter Twenty-Five: “They Are All with Me”: Troubled Youth in Troubled Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Allan Donsky Chapter Twenty-Six: Happiness in Bricks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199 Alexander C . Cook...

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