Listening Thinking, Teaching Analysis

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In Jean-Luc Nancy’s text “Listening”, Nancy discusses the concept of listening and how it relates to philosophy. Originally published in French and translated into English by Charlotte Mandell, Mandell discusses in the first section of the text how difficult it was to convey and translate Nancy’s message into English. In Luce Irigaray’s text “Listening, Thinking, Teaching”, she discusses the idea of translation and how difficult it can be to translate properly. On page 232 of her text, Irigaray states “words are endowed with another meaning in each language” (Irigaray 232). Because each word has a different meaning in each language, errors often occur when words are translated. The difficulty of translating a message is a large part of the …show more content…
The art of translation will be a key topic in this essay and we be further discussed later on in the paper. In this assignment, we will examine two quotations from Nancy’s text and relate a list of key terms collected from the readings completing during this unit.
On page seven, Nancy states “To be listening is always to be on the edge of meaning…” In other words, this quote can be translated to mean that listening is on the edge of understanding. In education, many educators often wonder if their students are retaining and understanding the material being taught or whether they are solely hearing the words, not comprehending the overall meaning and significance of these words being said. This example relates back to Nancy’s quote on page seven because it exemplifies that listening is on the edge
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He states, “To be listening will always, then, be to be straining…” Similar to the last quote, I believe that this quote can be translated to mean listening will always be straining to understand. I find it interesting how both quotes start out in a similar organization “to be listening”. I believe that by creating similar structured sentences, Nancy was trying to emphasize his point about the concept of listening. For this particular quote, I selected five key words from various selections from bell hook’s text, Teaching to Transgress. The text discusses current issues we have surrounding the field of education and how we can address these issues. The first selection from bell hook’s book is chapter one, entitled “Engaged Pedagogy”. The title of this chapter can translate to mean “engaged teaching”. The five key terms I used to summarize this chapter were pedagogy, freedom, education, classroom, and progressive. Relating back to Nancy’s quote on page nine, I believe the terms freedom, classroom, and progressive are most easily relatable. In regards to freedom, listening will always be straining towards freedom. Listening, in essence, is giving us the tools we need in order to be free and reach complete freedom. Classroom can relate back to this quote because a good classroom provides us with a space to listen freely, undisturbed from the reality around us. Progressive can also relate back to this

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