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Place, Being, Resonance

A Critical Ecohermeneutic Approach to Education


Michael W. Derby

How do we begin to move beyond a use-relation with «natural resources» towards resonance with a deeply interrelated ecology? Place, Being, Resonance brings insights from the hermeneutic tradition, ecopoetics and indigenous epistemologies of place to bear on education in a world of ecological emergency. An ecohermeneutic pedagogy draws on both critical and lyrical ways of thinking to make a free space for encountering the more-than-human other. The conventional school system has long sat at the vanguard of an ecologically exploitative worldview and something more is called for than retrofitting current practices while reinforcing the substructure of modernity. As educators we walk an existentially trying path of attending to what needs to be called into question and for what presses questions upon us. What presuppositions shape our relation with the natural world? How might we work at the level of metaphor to generate the critical distance required for analysis, while keeping hearts and minds open to encounters that might heal our estrangement? How do we learn to both read place and recognize that we are read? Utilizing fungal mycelium as a way of thinking, this inquiry inoculates the fragmented landscape of education in order to bring learning into resonance with being. Here, along the path, the attentive mind finds little bell-shaped fungi scattering the forest floor, calling us home and provoking our thinking to be deeply imaginative when it needs to be.
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chapter six—inoculating hermeneutics: Gadamer substrates


chapter six

inoculating hermeneutics: Gadamer substrates.

The Western legacy from Descartes has taught us to objectify the world from the position of pure subjectivity, a move which renders human experience of the world to a game between subjects and objects, and ensures the breakdown of genuine communication between persons and of relations between human and natural worlds. Hermeneutically, one speaks of the intersubjectivity of everything.… To see this, however, requires a particular kind of imaginal discipline, especially an ability to see connections which may not be superficially apparent. That very ability itself requires an openness to experience which goes beyond dependence on conventional categories of explanation, or on tradition received as a final word. Putting it in the language of postmodernism, the hermeneutic imagination requires an openness to the Other of experience, an openness to that which knocks from beyond the boundaries of what is known. To open the door means to have one’s experience transformed into a new reality shared with new Others. (D. Smith, 1999, p. 46).

This chapter will consider a few of the key hermeneutic concepts of Hans-Georg Gadamer, student of Heidegger and perhaps the most renowned hermeneutic philosopher of the twentieth century. While Heidegger initiated the inquiry into being and interpretation, after the publication of Being and Time (1962), he ended his explicit engagement with hermeneutics and these aspects of his thinking were taken up by Gadamer, who spent thirty years composing his magnum opus Truth and Method (2013)...

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