Being as Conversation

  • Joshua Spier


Being a university educator means to exist as conversation. This chapter develops this interpretive finding, revealing how educators are constantly immersed in an unpredictable interplay of conversing with others. In light of Heidegger’s ideas and Gadamer’s phenomenology of conversation, stories in this chapter show possible modes of conversing that can happen to educators. The emerging analysis reclaims conversation as something more than a mere instrument at the educator’s disposal. Also coming to light is an essential yet elusive mattering of genuine conversation, a mattering which is often announced by an experience of its absence, and which is discernable in the educator’s phronesis (practical wisdom) of creating the conditions for authentic conversation to emerge in their own pedagogical encounters with students.


Genuine conversation Gadamer University teaching Pedagogy Phronesis (practical wisdom) 


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  • Joshua Spier
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  1. 1.College of Education, Psychology and Social WorkFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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