The Violence in Learning

Analysis and Metaphysics, Vol. 9, pp.15-39, 2010

25 Pages Posted: 25 Dec 2011

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Robert Keith Shaw

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS)

Date Written: December 24, 2010


This paper argues that learning is inherently violent. It examines the way in which Heidegger uses – and refrains from using – the concept in his account of Dasein. Heidegger explicitly discussed “learning” in 1951 and he used of the word in several contexts. Although he confines his use of “learning” to the ontic side of the ontic-ontological divide, there are aspects of what he says that open the door to an ontological analogue of the ontic learning. In this discussion it emerges that what precludes “learning” behaving as does “willing,” “waiting” and “thanking,” is something that derives from the relatedness of Dasein. The paper finally examines violence within the disclosure of truth. The approach to the investigation is experimental and is to some extent modeled on Heidegger's own later enquires.

Keywords: violence, learning, thinking, truth, Heidegger, curriculum, school management

Suggested Citation

Shaw, Robert Keith, The Violence in Learning (December 24, 2010). Analysis and Metaphysics, Vol. 9, pp.15-39, 2010. Available at SSRN:

Robert Keith Shaw (Contact Author)

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) ( email )

Guangzhou, Guangdong 510006
137 105 90791 (Phone)


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