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Education and the Ontological Question

Addressing a Missing Dimension


  • Utilizes social phenomenology as the analytical framework for discussion about ontology and education today

  • Includes an in-depth historical overview of four major ontological moments in human history: those of Egypt, India, Greece, and Latin Christendom

  • Rooted in the hermeneutical and phenomenological tradition of Heidegger, Gadamer, Husserl, and Spinoza


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 25-80
  3. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 81-124
  4. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 125-169
  5. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 171-188
  6. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 189-211
  7. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 213-223
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 225-232

About this book


“What Roy has accomplished is a real achievement, a genuine and remarkable scholarly contribution. Ultimately I believe he has fully and completely fulfilled his aim of addressing an immense oversight in educational thinking and scholarship: the ontological question. Not only does he reference educational scholars who are generally not as well known, but Roy also grounds his approach in the thinking of Jung, Levinas, and Merleau-Ponty in an innovative and provocative manner.”
Matthew J. Kruger-Ross, Assistant Professor of Educational Technology and Philosophy of Education, West Chester University, USA

This book identifies and expands upon the link between ontology and education, exposing a lack of ontological inquiry as the vital missing element in the study and practice of modern education today. In this book, Roy aims to reintroduce ontological thinking and reasoning that grounds historical and modern educational understandings and practice. Beginning with a historical perspective, he then turns to examine the results of his scholarship into practical concerns of education such as language, dialogue, and curriculum: ultimately proposing a new way forward emphasizing a balance in the education effort between epistemic content and ontological disclosure.


social phenomenology One-dimensional Education Curriculum Theory Affective Ecology Exegesis

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Azim Premji UniversityBangaloreIndia

About the authors

Kaustuv Roy is Professor of Philosophy and Sociology at Azim Premji University in Bangalore, India.

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