A Post-constructivist Perspective
Chapter 1. The Ground of the Image
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THE GROUND OF THE IMAGE
We live our lives inscrutably included within the streaming mutual life of the universe. (Buber, 1937, p. 16)
Once-occurrent uniqueness or singularity cannot be thought of, it can only be participatively experienced or lived through. (Bakhtin, 1993, p. 13)
We live within the streaming, mutual life of the universe. This stream never returns. The universe we inhabit therefore is once-occurrent and singular – a fact that natural scientists express by means of the law of entropy, which, taken over the entire universe, can only increase. The movement therefore is irreversible, in contrast to (non-entropic) representations, where movements are reversible. This once-occurrent uniqueness of life cannot be thought of, as Bakhtin states, but only participatively experienced and lived through. As Bergson (1907/1908) suggests in the quotation that appears in the epigraph, this living aspect of life, its generativity, is the most difficult phenomenon for the human mind to think; mind, he says, is characterized by a natural incomprehension of life. Failing to capture what is living about the curriculum is what characterizes much if not all of curricular thinking. Even when educators say they are thinking about the living curriculum, they tend to do so with inert categories. The very construction “to think about…” opens up a gap ← 1 | 2 → between the thinking and its object (content), here, the curriculum, which cannot be alive because it is already objectified. Life then has to be breathed into the result,...
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