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Into the Fire: Philosophy Inside and Out Through the Instructor Lens

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No matter how abstract it gets, philosophy begins in human experience and takes us back to human experience. Thus a course called Violence and Nonviolence, taught under the rubric of the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program, has the potential of evoking deep exploration and rich dialogue on the morality of violent means and the philosophical grounding of nonviolent alternatives. The initial assumption, based on experience teaching a similar course on my home campus, was that the students share the mainstream belief of U.S. society that violence is a necessity if basic values are to be protected – unfortunately. However, many of them are ready to take a serious look at the work of theorists and practitioners of nonviolent direct action aimed at defending the same basic values – such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King. In the Inside Out version of the course, the critique of both violent and nonviolent strategies was both sharper and deeper because of the perspectives the “Inside” students brought. Many of them come from worlds in which brutality and violence, and not peace and security, are the taken-for-granted situation. Also, the class meets in a prison setting, arguably inherently violent. Thus the “Inside Students” tend to see nonviolent strategies of resistance to evil as both more appealing and less realistically possible than most of the “Outside” students do. In this class, the “texts” include the lives of the teacher and of every student, examined in continuous dialogue.
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Linehan, Elizabeth. "Into the Fire: Philosophy Inside and Out Through the Instructor Lens" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p373093_index.html>

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Linehan, E. "Into the Fire: Philosophy Inside and Out Through the Instructor Lens" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p373093_index.html

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Abstract: No matter how abstract it gets, philosophy begins in human experience and takes us back to human experience. Thus a course called Violence and Nonviolence, taught under the rubric of the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program, has the potential of evoking deep exploration and rich dialogue on the morality of violent means and the philosophical grounding of nonviolent alternatives. The initial assumption, based on experience teaching a similar course on my home campus, was that the students share the mainstream belief of U.S. society that violence is a necessity if basic values are to be protected – unfortunately. However, many of them are ready to take a serious look at the work of theorists and practitioners of nonviolent direct action aimed at defending the same basic values – such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King. In the Inside Out version of the course, the critique of both violent and nonviolent strategies was both sharper and deeper because of the perspectives the “Inside” students brought. Many of them come from worlds in which brutality and violence, and not peace and security, are the taken-for-granted situation. Also, the class meets in a prison setting, arguably inherently violent. Thus the “Inside Students” tend to see nonviolent strategies of resistance to evil as both more appealing and less realistically possible than most of the “Outside” students do. In this class, the “texts” include the lives of the teacher and of every student, examined in continuous dialogue.


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