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Systemic wisdom, the 'selving' of nature, and knowledge transformation: education for the 'greater whole'

Bonnett, Michael (2009) Systemic wisdom, the 'selving' of nature, and knowledge transformation: education for the 'greater whole'. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 28 (1). pp. 39-49. ISSN 0039-3746. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Considerations arising in the context of burgeoning concerns about the environment can provoke an exploration of issues that have significance both for environmental education in particular and education more generally. Notions of the ‘greater whole’ and ‘systemic wisdom’ that feature in some strands of environmental discourse are a case in point. It is argued that interpretations of these notions arising in currently influential scientific and systems thinking understandings of nature that attempt to overcome a corrosive separation of humankind and nature through a dilution or dismissal of the distinction between the human and non-human, self and other, require critical evaluation if they are not to bring their own dangers. Merleau-Pontian understandings of object constitution in a subjectively informed life-world and ideas of the ‘selving’ of natural things are drawn upon in developing a non-discursively grounded interpretation of systemic wisdom. The latter is taken to raise questions that have considerable transformative potential for conventional views of knowledge and its curriculum organisation.

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Controlled Keywords: nature, systems thinking, systemic wisdom, self, life-world, knowledge
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Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 15:54
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