Seeing what is questionable: Transformative pedagogies and the hermeneutic subject

Jon NIXON

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Abstract

This chapter approaches the topic of transdisciplinarity through a consideration of some of the ideas explored by Hans-Georg Gadamer in his magnum opus, Truth and Method, as well as in his later writings and interviews: ideas relating to notions of 'horizon', 'prejudice' and 'method'. Although written as a defence of the humanities against what he saw as the encroachment of the scientific method, Gadamer's contribution to philosophical hermeneutics is now generally seen as having relevance across the entire field of human understanding. The chapter aims to open up a discussion on the possible reconfiguration of pedagogy around the themes of (1) the primacy of the question (2) the idea of inter-connective understanding and (3) the unpredictability of learning outcomes. The chapter concludes with some reflections on the relevance of Gadamer’s ideas for the current debate on transdisciplinarity within higher education settings. Copyright © 2017 Springer International Publishing AG.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransdisciplinary higher education: A theoretical basis revealed in practice
EditorsPaul GIBBS
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages17-29
ISBN (Electronic)9783319561851
ISBN (Print)9783319561844
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Citation

Nixon, J. (2017). Seeing what is questionable: Transformative pedagogies and the hermeneutic subject. In P. Gibbs (Ed.), Transdisciplinary higher education: A theoretical basis revealed in practice (pp. 17-29). Cham: Springer.

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