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Title: To Save the Legomena
Subtitle: Theory, Praxis and Narrative in Ethico-Educational Perspective
Author(s): VAN COILLIE, Geert
Journal: Bijdragen
Volume: 73    Issue: 2   Date: 2012   
Pages: 212-227
DOI: 10.2143/BIJ.73.2.2172319

Abstract :
The starting point of the paper is the relation between Plato and Aristotle, as well as the inextricable tension between theory and praxis, depicted in The School of Athens by Raphael. Metaphysics and science, however, tend to disregard the (inter)human truth of practical experience and personal knowledge. The lifeworld thereby becomes the blind spot of an all-encompassing theoretical and technoscientific view – an abstract and universalistic logos – which desubstantializes and ‘patho-logizes’ the lived ethos. A real and well-constructed ethical theory of education thus presupposes the mediation of – dialogical and narrative – praxis. To save the phenomena implies first of all to save ‘the legomena’ (what is said). The article concludes with a plea for a contemporary and alternative social and educational science which respects the ‘concrete universality’ of man.