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On the Pedagogy of Suffering

Hermeneutic and Buddhist Meditations


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 Eleven: This Is Why We Read This Is Why We Write (David W. Jardine)


This Is Why We Read This Is Why We Write david w. jardine Discussion bears fruit. The participants part from one another as changed beings. The in- dividual perspectives with which they entered upon the discussion have been transformed, and so they have been transformed themselves. This, then, is a kind of progress—not the progress proper to research but rather a progress that always must be renewed in the effort of our living. h.g. gadamer (2007, p. 244) from herMeneuTics as a PracTical PhilosoPhy In response to reading Jodi Latremouille’s “My Treasured Relation,” Christine McIver, CEO and founder of Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta who lost her son, Derek, to cancer, sent the following email to Dr. Nancy Moules, the editor of the Journal of Applied Hermeneutics: The piece by Jodi Latremouille. I read a lot of this stuff, so much it’s in danger of be- coming a blur. This is exceptional. I am going to share it with our staff if that is okay. She writes exactly how I think. In paragraphs full of description and illustration—and then words that hit the moment. I was surprised at the moment of Shelby’s death, I was overcome again with the very same pain and sadness as when Derek died. This writing…it is SO good. Illustrates the journey perfectly. It needs to be seen. There is, here, something deeply recognizable to those of us who work with the living and the dying and the dead, something that nebulously...

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