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Thinking about ThinkingWhat Kind of Conversation is Philosophy?$
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Adriaan T. Peperzak

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823240173

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823240173.001.0001

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Education: Responsive Tradition

Education: Responsive Tradition

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Thinking about Thinking

Adriaan T. Peperazak

Fordham University Press

Education is the basic activity through which civilizations assure their continuation. It presupposes educators and pupils who are able to communicate with one another. Belonging to historical communities similar enough to permit mutual understanding, they transmit a specific culture from generation to generation. The process of transmission has been called paradosis, traditio, tradition, giving or passing on to others what first has been received. Teaching philosophy is only one example of transmission, but an elementary analysis of it, especially if its historical dimension is not obscured, can show a temporal structure that, mutatis mutandis, recurs in all or most other examples. To be a teacher is to be involved in the transition of a past, through the present of teaching and learning, into a future in which the past continues its life, thanks to its renewal. This chapter discusses the role played by the philosophical tradition in today's education of philosophers. It examines tradition as memory and history as memory.

Keywords:   education, philosophy, philosophical tradition, memory, transmission, philosophers

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