Ways of life as modes of presentation (2021)
Type of ContentJournal Article
PublisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH
- Arts: Journal Articles 
Books and journal articles have become the dominant modes of presentation in contemporary philosophy. This historically contingent paradigm prioritises textual expression and assumes a distinction between philosophical practice and its presented product. Using Socrates and Diogenes as exemplars, we challenge the presumed supremacy of the text and defend the importance of ways of life as modes of "practiced presentation". We argue that text cannot capture the embodied activity of philosophy without remainder, and is therefore limited and incomplete. In particular, we contend that (1) a static text is essentially alienated from our practices of philosophising, (2) words cannot unambiguously represent lives, and (3) practiced presentation enriches our understanding beyond words alone. After discussing some pedagogical implications, we conclude with a plea for a pluralistic approach that recognises lives as legitimate and valuable modes of philosophical presentation.
CitationHollinshead B, Turp M-J (2021). Ways of life as modes of presentation. Human Affairs. 31(4). 429-438.
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Keywordsphilosophical presentation; philosophy as a way of life; practiced presentation; ancient philosophy; Socrates; Diogenes; metaphilosophy; teaching philosophy
ANZSRC Fields of Research50 - Philosophy and religious studies::5003 - Philosophy::500399 - Philosophy not elsewhere classified
50 - Philosophy and religious studies::5002 - History and philosophy of specific fields::500208 - History of philosophy
39 - Education::3901 - Curriculum and pedagogy::390107 - Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
39 - Education::3902 - Education policy, sociology and philosophy::390202 - History and philosophy of education
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