Epistrophe (EPREPE)

 

Journal of Professional Ethics in Philosophy and Education

Studies and Practices

Focus and Scope
 
Epistrophe. International Journal of Professional Ethics in Philosophy and Education. Studies and Practices [EPREPE] is an annual, international, on-line and peer-reviewed journal devoted to the critical and hermeneutical analysis of issues related to the field of Professional Ethics in Education and vocational training viewed through Philosophy in general and Philosophy of Education in particular. Theories, Practices, Researches exploring this combined approach or coming across related topics fall under the scope of this journal. The journal’s basic purpose is to arouse and sustain philosophical reflections concerning ethical questions emerging within the educational practices.
The following objectives are to be highlighted:
  • the systematic linkage of philosophical research with the ethical aporias in education
  • the introduction of a profound reflection on professional ethics in education and vocational training
  • the reconceptualization of the notion of application by  laying  emphasis on the element of moral transformation and innovation beyond any usual apprehension of the application as repetition
  • the recognition and development of research methods appropriate to this subject
  • the introduction of the institutional issue as a crucial parameter for the perception of the professional dimension and of its ethical and moral aspects
  • the connection of research in professional ethics with the education of oneself
  • the study, in this context, of the case of experts patients who, being able to construct knowledge on their afflictions, become full actors of the ethical dimension of their experience 
  • the research on the crossing of practices of the self with a view to reveal the conditions of  self-transformation
  • the enrichment of the possible meanings of practice
  • the elaboration of the theoretical contributions of philosophy of education through the conflicts emerging on the level of professional ethics
  • the disclosure of the fundamental role of an increasingly coherent understanding of the above questions for a full, conscious, emancipated educational life
  • the elucidation and development of the heterogeneous, complex and conflicting aspects of professional ethics  considered as a sensible way of the educational life, in order to open for individuals and collectivities, a clear view on their lives in  education and in professionalization through educational practices as well

Peer Review Process

Every article should be submitted through the submission form to the editors, whom they will be responsible to consider whether texts comply with the criteria set by the Journal and the scientific committee. Then, the Editor forwards a copy of the text for blind peer-reviewing to two suitable reviewers, according to their scientific interests and specialization. Reviewers will have two months to send their comments and evaluation form. In the case that there is difference of opinion between the reviewers the final decision for the publication of a text is made by the editorial board, taking under serious consideration the reviewing comments.

Call for Papers, 2020 – 2021

The International Journal of Professional Ethics in Philosophy and Education. Studies and Practices / Epistrophe, invites academicians, researchers and professionals to submit manuscripts for the forthcoming issue.
Manuscripts should be submitted by 30th of September, 2021 here
 
For the Guidelines for Authors, please click here
For additional information, contact the Editors, at:  lab-prapl-ph@aegean.gr
Editors
Professor Elena Theodoropoulou
Directress of the “Laboratory of Research on Practical Philosophy” (L.R.P.Ph.)
University of the Aegean

Professor Emeritus Didier Moreau
University Paris VIII
Vincennes-Saint Denis
Editorial Board
Isabel Baptista, Catholic University of Porto, Portugal
Luc Bégin, Laval University, Quebec, Canada
Adalberto Dias de Carvalho, GFE/Institute of Philosophy, University of Porto CIIIC/ISCET, Portugal
Laurence Cornu, University François-Rabelais of Tours, France
Jean-François Dupeyron, University of Bordeaux (INSPE – SPH), France
Μichel Fabre, University of Nantes, France
Emmanuel Jouët, Laboratory of Research EPS, White House, France
France Jutras, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
Mohamed Miliani d’Oran, University of Oran, Algerie
Christophe Miqueu, University of Bordeaux (INSPE – SPH), France
Didier Moreau, University University Paris VIII, Vincennes-Saint Denis
Dominique Ottavi, University of Paris Nanterre, France
Marianna Papastefanou, University of Cuprys, Cyprus
Andrea Potestio, University of Bergamo, Italy
Paul Standish, Institute of Education, University of London, U.K
Elena Theodoropoulou, University of the Aegean, Greece
Jacques Quintin, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
Contact
Principal Contact
Professor Elena Theodoropoulou, Ph.D.
Directress of the “Laboratory of Research on Practical  Philosophy” (L.R.P.Ph.)
University of the Aegean
1, Democratias Av., Rhodes, 85100, Greece
Building 7th March / GF – 22
Tel. Number: (+30)22410 – 99101 & 99150
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E – mail : theod@aegean.gr
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Support Contact
Professor Emeritus Didier Moreau
University Paris VIII
Vincennes-Saint Denis
2 chemin de la Liberté 93526 SAINT-DENIS cedex, France   
E-mail: moreaudi@wanadoo.fr
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ISSUE 1

Introductory Note

Elena Theodoropoulou & Didier Moreau

In order to implement their sociopolitical goals, contemporary educational institutions in Europe do nοt resort at all to what they had been practicing for the last fifty years any more, namely, the «geist governing». It seems that the new mode of educator subjectification has definitively deviated from the paternalistic guidance of Higher Schools that provide a Continuing Professional Development, via university structures. Ethical thought in education, if it constitutes a philosophical question, has a direct political risk which ought to produce results according to two temporalities. The first one, the long-term, is that of the education's horizon and of its programmed abandonment to the teaching and training's markets. But the second one is calling us urgently: it is that of the actual situation in which practicing teachers are disorientated and made weak in their struggle; In this context, the authors of the present issue are approaching the field of professional ethics through different conceptual grilles that reveal the very possibility of multiple ways to access the question, but also its conflicting and complex nature.

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Elena Théodoropoulou

The relay of professional ethics in education – slippery slope or point of support? For the resistance of a warry – the philosophical contribution.

The article argues for a professional ethics that is being perceived as a par excellence field of research and of self-reflection, of concern and not of promise. This concern persistently appeals to the movement of thought, which in turn recalls the philosophical work, while introducing a praxial tension reinforcing the understanding of the professional not as a reassuring space of premature moralization and counterbalancing, but of a fertile and fragile space that recognizes and deals with the risk in the dilemmatic element. Thus, professional ethics is placed thereon in an unyielding opening or an inability of closure, which does not overwhelm it but addresses it.

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Jacques Quintin

The work of common sense: phronesis and education

In everyday life, we trust constantly common sense. Nevertheless, questioning common sense is an integral part of the western culture and of the world of education. Facing the complexity of the postmodern world, the common sense is not sufficient anymore. The hypothesis of this reflexive text consists in demonstrating the need to restore the value of the common sense, but not at any cost. Common sense does not emerge in a spontaneous way. It is necessary to work on it. It builds itself into intersubjectivity, dialogue and philosophy. Education plays an essential role in this constitution of the common sense, which requires continuing education for the teachers. This is not without consequences on the development of professionalism.

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Adalberto Dias de Carvalho

Between individual singularities and norms universality: a question for ethics

The article poses the problematic of ethics by attempting the construction and practical application of a look that examines divergences and possible approaches within the universality of principles, according to Kant, the defense of the singular and the relationship with the other in Levinas. For this purpose, apart from the references to these very philosophers, the thoughts of Catherine Chalier and Jacques Daignault are equally relevant.

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Jean-François Dupeyron

Ethics and professional identity

This text challenges some aspects of the place of ethics within the construction of professional identity by the educators and the teachers. Nowadays, this ethical implication is done in the context of the «neo-liberal governmentality» as Michel Foucault defined it; namely as a form of government of the individuals and populations transferring the whole load of the responsibility onto the ethical agent himself. Thus, embarrassments and contradictions of the concept of «professional identity» are examined, before the text points to some characteristics of the professional identity which is seen here as a collective question, a question of practice and a question of «political ecology».

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Alfred Romuald Gambou

About the role of the imaginary and of hermeneutics in the emergence of a new ethics of teaching

Starting from an analytical and actively constructive approach and leaning on a complex thought-system, this research paper seeks to show how an ethical intelligence takes form starting from the imagination as poetics and hermeneutics to mature into new teacher-training ethics. For in the context of the collapse of cultural boundaries and hierarchies, as well as where ordinary, symbolic potential conflicts become the source of misunderstandings at school, and where knowledge loses its sense because it is too often hedged in and decontextualised, the very essence of teaching is in question. As a result, and with the purpose of reinforcing or giving new life to professional teacher-training ethics, this research paper opens up the way for topological teaching ethics which, nurtured on the one hand by the imagination for poetic value, and on the other by hermeneutics as the science of understanding, becomes an investigation of what can bring about understanding, value and reason to what actually concerns action, of both the students' and the teacher's himself.

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Louis Desmeules & France Jutras

Values of teachers of human sciences in Quebec colleges: links between values & educative examples

It is important to consider that the educational act mobilizes explicit and implicit values in the teacher, independently of the school level where the intervention occurs. Individual interviews were conducted with 13 humanities college teachers (anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology) of the pre-university sector from 11 francophone institutions in Quebec. The results show their conception of their intellectual role, their values and the connections between their values and the educational paradigms. Although there are a variety of values stated and linked to educational paradigms, their values and educational paradigms are quite in phase with the dominant aims of education related to excellence and performance within a competitive society. Nevertheless, humanistic and social critique aspects are part of their sensitivity and discourse about educating their students.

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Mohamed Miliani

Power relations in Algerian universities: Between «folk pedagogy» and professional ethics

The present paper tackles the problem of power relations in classroom situations namely those in the faculty of foreign languages. Classroom micropolitics is the fusion between popular pedagogy (folk pedagogy) understood as the personal definition of what teachers’ roles are on the pedagogical and axiological planes, and professional ethics seen as the set of values we believe to be those of teachers. This supposed harmony in the context of study is perturbed by the religious dimension which makes teachers’ decision-taking all the more difficult because of the ever-present religious dogma. These interferences seem to delay the appearance of a real professional ethics capable of managing, in a more equilibrated way, teacher-student power relations.

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Pablo Flores del Rosario

Thoughts on professional ethics applied in education from a Mexican point of view

The desire to understand the ethical project, expressed through educational practices, necessarily involves discussing the concept of professional ethics not as a set of norms to apply to specific cases in order to transmit culture to the new generations and change easily the educators customs. Because ethics as a discipline exerts a certain violence of homogenization on educational reality, moreover if, the educational process entails the creation of a complex reality. On the contrary, professional ethics, in the reflective and communitarian project that we will propose here, cannot but contain a wealth of philosophical knowledge that allows persons to think what they are and what they want to be, via educational practice and thus to create, recreate or strengthen the ethical code of this practice. For this reason, philosophy and ethics are essential.

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Didier Moreau

Building ethics in Music: constructing on the sand

The article proposes an inquiry about music as an art of forming a human community. Classical philosophy has always been reluctant to answer this founding power of music. When we understand the reasons for this, we can see how the perspective of leaving the Absolute allows us to think of music outside of the ontotheology. The Rhythmos Community is a liberation from the logocentric community. Nietzsche's analyses are the moment of erasing a metaphysics of presence from which Wagner is the ultimate fighter. Finally, Schoenberg's work, in its theoretical dimension and in its musical compositions, can be approached via the ethical significance of music, which is to write on sand. Schönberg makes clear to us the failure of Heidegger to think of the Community in times of distress («in dürftiger Zeit») (K. Löwith).

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ISSUE 2

Introductory Note

Elena Theodoropoulou & Didier Moreau

In order to implement their sociopolitical goals, contemporary educational institutions in Europe do nοt resort at all to what they had been practicing for the last fifty years any more, namely, the «geist governing»[1]. It seems that the new mode of educator subjectification has definitively deviated from the paternalistic guidance of Higher Schools that provide a Continuing Professional Development, via university structures. The French paradigm is characteristic: the period of university institutions responsible for the continuing professional development of teachers in France (IUFM), has been a critical one, with a high degree of pedagogical and philosophical inventiveness, which, rapidly, however, came under the control of a neoliberal perspective of continuing professional development through the exposure of new educators to imperilments[2] that bring them face to face with risky situations without however having had prior mutual preparation within a professional community. As a result .....

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Christiane Gohier

For an ethic of the bond: the main sources of a multireferential framework

In its simplest meaning, ethics is about caring for others while respecting oneself. Several authors have fed my reflection on an ethics of relationship. Among these, Buber who proposes a dialogal relationship between theI and Thou. However, it is Ricoeur who has best thematized the relationship of reciprocity with each other. Self-attestation, solicitude for the others and mutual recognition form what I have called the trilogy of the ethical circle that explains the emergence of the ethical subject. Habermas’ discourse ethics is another element of this frame of reference, adding to its procedural dimension Honneth’s intersubjective relationships of recognition. Finally, moral imagination and empathy, as thematized by Nussbaum, complete this summary of a reflexive course.

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Louise Ferté

A dissensual perspective for education facing moral universal

The moral and civic education in French schools is based on a twofold assumption: on the one hand, that the institution and its teachers know what a good citizen is, what he or she must learn and how to train him or her; and on the other hand, that it exists a universal moral thought, which would naturally lie at the bottom of each child, and that the school's mission would be to reveal it to the future citizens. In contrast to this moral universal, this article proposes to think about an education in politics in primary school that integrates a dissensual perspective, following Chantal Mouffe’ s analyses on agonistic democracy. This civic education in which the teacher would face dissonant subjects requires a rethinking of the way he or she is trained in politics, and the human sciences more generally.

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Luc Bégin

Moral imagination and moral blindness

The phenomenon of moral blindness, increasingly studied by moral psychology and cognitive sciences, is of interest to ethics applied to organizations and institutions. This phenomenon presents itself as a limitation of the moral imagination capacities of actors in situations. What are the causes of this weakness of moral imagination? How can it be understood and distinguished from other similar phenomena? Should we attribute full responsibility for it to moral agents? And what means can be used to counter this blindness and restore moral imagination, the essential source of well-conducted moral deliberation? These questions are addressed from a perspective of conceptual clarification and identification of practical issues that affect organizations.

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Eleni Kalokairinou

Critical moral thinking or refinement of disposition? What is the aim of moral education?

In the present paper I examine the possibility of moral education. It is pointed out that, even though religion is officially taught in primary and secondary education, this is not the case with ethics and moral education. I then explore the kind of moral education we should offer the youth in the likely event that ethics is officially introduced in primary and secondary education. We examine R.M. Hare’s claim that moral education involves teaching the young men the moral language and moral thinking and reasoning, and we find his suggestion lacking in certain important respects. On the contrary, we come up with the suggestion that Aristotle and Kant hold that moral education consists in both: making young students more competent to think and reason morally and at the same time cultivating their feelings and dispositions and refining their characters in such a way as to sympathize compassionately with the others’ misfortunes.

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Jacques Quintin

A hermeneutics of ignorance to understand the relationship between doctor and patient

People living with a disease that disrupts the meaning of their life must think, deliberate and make decisions despite their condition. In this context of care, health professionals have a supporting role to play. We will show that accompaniment is characterized by a dialogical dynamic of a hermeneutical nature in which, for both the health professional and the patient, there are more questions than answers. In this sense, hermeneutics becomes a posture to welcome the ignorance that inhabits the human being in the face of the enigmatic nature of meaning.

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María José Carrasco Zavala

Professional ethics of teachers and circular self-realization

In recent years, we can observe a growing interest in research on the ethical problem in the exercise of the teaching profession. One of the factors explaining this phenomenon is the influence exerted by the revival of moral philosophy. In this paper, we propose to reflect on the contributions that the cavelian moral perfectionism could make to the question of a professional ethics for teachers. Our analysis has two parts. First, we present certain propositions from Chris Higgins' work. This will allow us to understand the value and significance of ethics within educational practice in a better way. Second, we addressed the idea of «growth in circles» taken from Emerson's and Cavell's thought. In this regard, we shall see in what sense Cavell's approach of self-realization can provide new ways of developing a professional ethics for teachers based on the idea of moral perfectionism.

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Isabel Baptista

Ethical Knowledge and Teacher Training

Relating the demands of the educational rationality to a triadic conception of ethics, simultaneously teleological, deontological and pragmatic, this article reflects on the importance of the teacher’s ethical knowledge, here valued as primary and substantive element of their «professional face».

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Andrea Potestio

The socio-pedagogical educator for the services at work. A reflection on the Italian context

This essay try to analyze the specific competences and rules that constitutes the function of the socio-pedagogical educator acting in the field of employment services. Indeed, the educator in the employment services can become the professional figure able to highlight, in certain contexts, the links between the manual act and the reflexivity, the concrete and the abstraction, thus allowing the promotion, in an integral way, skills of workers, experts and novices.

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Eirick Prairat

The tact. Ethical virtue and educational know-how

This contribution proposes a reflection on the tact. The philosophical tradition has given him little credit. The reasons are numerous. Tact does not seem to have a political facet like justice or tolerance, it is not spectacular and can’t compete with courage, nor does it have the grandeur and prestige of generosity. This contribution shows that tact is not only an ethical provision of prime importance for the professions of the relationship but is also a major teaching skill. This statement subverts the classic break from ethics and technique, ethics and didactics; a breakthrough that always comes back in educational debates to make ethics a supplement of soul.

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Jean-François Dupeyron & Christophe Miqueu

Professional teacher ethics, Republican Training and neoliberal authoritarianism

In the 1980s, the emergence within the French National Education of the major goal of «education for citizenship» has been constantly disturbed by various ideological and structural elements. It is now in serious difficulty because of a neoliberal offensive which has greatly reduced the implementation of the Republican educational project. This paper underlines the historical and philosophical meaning of this project, in particular in what it implies for citizenship training, and for the construction in terms of individual and collective emancipation that it implies during the implementation of the primary republican school; then it shows how neoliberalism creates the concrete conditions for the deactivation of the conditions for this formation. Using the example of the ESPE, the authors show how neoliberalism is a relentless authoritarianism that is at the opposite of the model of republican citizenship.

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Mohamed Miliani

Τhe university professional ethics against the test of teachers' plagiarism

University-specific values have become meaningless notions. «Doubtful» teaching practices are reported, affecting all stakeholders. One of these practices is teachers’ plagiarism we would like to address not to quantify the phenomenon, but to analyse it by using unstructured interviews with teachers to situate it in relation to the normative ethics that must guide them in their daily teaching and research. Teachers’ actions, the consequences of which are not always appreciated, should give an image of a virtuous educator whose attitudes and professional actions are in line with the moral discourse they advocate but do not always practise.

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France Jutras & Jean Paul Ndoreraho

Professionalization by a professional grouping of teachers: the example of the Quebecois Association of moral teaching

The professionalization of teaching is considered a means of strengthening teachers professional responsibility and the quality of teaching and learning in the classes. However, the case of a teachers’ professional association that took charge of their professionalization has been less studied than the socio-political and organizational dimension, and pre-service and in-service training. The innovative approach to professionalization initiated by the primary and secondary teachers members of the Quebec Moral Teaching Association has been analysed through data collected in the archives of the association and interviews with founding members. Results illustrate how these teachers built the legitimation of their work as moral education teachers and the specifications of lay moral education as a subject matter in the schools at the time it was introduced for students who were exempted from moral and religious catholic or protestants education mandatory in the schools of Quebec until 2008.

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ISSUE 3

Introductory Note

Elena Theodoropoulou & Didier Moreau

In order to implement their sociopolitical goals, contemporary educational institutions in Europe do nοt resort at all to what they had been practicing for the last fifty years any more, namely, the «geist governing»[1]. It seems that the new mode of educator subjectification has definitively deviated from the paternalistic guidance of Higher Schools that provide a Continuing Professional Development, via university structures. The French paradigm is characteristic: the period of university institutions responsible for the continuing professional development of teachers in France (IUFM), has been a critical one, with a high degree of pedagogical and philosophical inventiveness, which, rapidly, however, came under the control of a neoliberal perspective of continuing professional development through the exposure of new educators to imperilments[2] that bring them face to face with risky situations without however having had prior mutual preparation within a professional community. As a result....

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Didier Moreau

Ethics of resistance

The article raises the question of ethics as a force for resistance to traditional or institutional morality, as manifested in the current struggles against discrimination and unequal harassment. It offers a genealogy of the ethics of rebellion through the criticisms of metaphysical ethics by Wittgenstein and Heidegger. He then studied through Canguilhem's early works the meaning given to the teaching of philosophy as a self-care formation and a call to secession.

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Jean-Louis Genard

From dysphoric relationships to politics to the ʺmoralizationʺ of social criticism

There are many indications of a rising dysphoric relationship to politics. The consultation of blogs talking about politics as well as the reading of slogans of manifestations reveal the importance of the semantics of disgust. Some prominent politicians are not hesitating to adjust to it. At the same time, several new social movements are explicitly gathering around the semantics of indignation. At the parallel with this, there is an explosion of populisms. How do we grasp these new relationships to politics? First, the article attempts to clarify the status of these dysphoric affects by situating them on a continuum from reactions whose cognitive dimension manifests itself closest to corporeality (disgust) to more cognitively charged affects (indignation) to fully reflexive attitudes. The analyses will then specify the affinities between this rise in dysphoria and certain political theorizations that often accompany it, such as conspiracy or complotism, and will finally draw attention to the shifts that social criticism is undergoing at the same time by giving more and more space to the moral register.

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Camille Roelens

School and family educational ethics facing the challenge of mass individualization: Issues, tensions and perspectives

This text studies and discusses the contemporary confrontation of school and family educational ethics in face of the challenge of mass individualization. A first part offers a brief overview of the main lines of force for families and schools to consider the singular challenges of education in a society of individuals. A second part examines the issues, conditions and consequences of a possible enrichment of professional teaching ethics, drawing on the source of the underlying ethics of liberal family education. Finally, we suggest that schools would benefit today from considering positively the contribution of inspirations from the democratic ethos of contemporary civil society.

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Roger Monjo

Neutrality or neutralization?

Neutrality, or more precisely teachers’ impartiality, is at the center of the professional ethics promoted by the educational institution. It allows us to reflect on the teacher’s position on the model of the position of the referee in a sports competition or of the judge in the judiciary field. However, we may wonder if its function, as in the case of a referee or a judge, does not actually aim to neutralize the space it occupies by idealizing it. The dramatization and ritualisation of these spaces (school, sports, judiciary) may hide a project of neutralization that allows to build a pseudo-reality, ideal but fictitious, to isolate (sanctuarize) a part of the social world (a system, an institution, a ground, an object, etc.) by presenting it as autonomous and selfreferential.

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Alfred Romuald Gambou

The exemplarity of the master and the uncomfortable idea of neutrality at the school of the Republic

This research shows, through the analysis of the history of education that education has always been thought in relation to models. The Greeks, from the 5th century BC, found and fixed a model of human character which was to serve as an example for the formation of man. The person of the sage or the master will become the figure. Far from this very convenient idea of neutrality, this research highlights the fact that the master's exemplarity results from particular modalities, be it his relationship to himself, to knowledge, to culture, that in the way he invests and awakens in his young minds the sense of the vast problems of life and the world.

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Dominique Ottavi

Professional ethics in context

The practice of teaching requires the application of rigorous principles. Faced with the difficulties currently encountered in France, we cannot content ourselves with reviving old principles. The concern for individual learning, to which the ideal of inclusive education testifies, leads in fact to ignore the existence of the collective. The school institution then risks losing its meaning, as well as the work of the teacher. It also leads to the incarnation of contradictory ethical principles. The remedy for these problems cannot be reduced to technical improvement; the philosophy of education must first analyze them in depth.

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Alexandros Theodoridis

The ethos of the teacher as a critical thinker

Modern western societies, which are going through a deep crisis of meaning and find it difficult to think of themselves as something positive, are increasingly declaring their devotion to a relativistic world where everything is allowed. In such a context, we can understand the central moral figure embodied by a teacher, as well as his choices, to the extent that he too is bound by this anthropological condition. However, since not all traces of reflective thinking and political honesty seem to have been lost yet, we believe that if he tried to exist, animating his critical nature in the context of his professional capacity, in spite of the times, he should ensure and reaffirm his duty to save two principal values: the value of the love of truth and sincerity, as well as the value of respecting human dignity.

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Samuel Heinzen

Ethical precautions in teaching the precautionary principle

Teaching the precautionary principle questions professional ethics. This principle raises a twofold problem: that of epistemological forecasting and that of ethical prudence. By clarifying the epistemological categories, it is possible to distinguish three forms of scientific forecasting. Each of them is combined in a particular way with the dominant currents of usual ethical debates. By applying this analysis to an example of teaching, in this case a geography lesson, it is possible to better identify the difficulties encountered both in terms of the reliability of the subject taught and the complexity of the ethical problem.

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Gabriele Di Patrizio

About «the between self to the between-the other»: Emergence of the respect's locus in formation

In the sector of care for dependent or disabled elderly people, where support and care are based on the Kantian moral obligation to respect their humanity. A plan to combat abuse and a many of training courses regularly remind this to professionals working in nursing homes. However, trainings provided in a face-to-face mode, whatever its object, show another understanding of the notion of respect. Within the framework of relational and philosophical anthropology, this article shows that respect is developed in a space «between» that enables oneself and the other to make full use of their responsibility in building capable relationships for common action and humanity.

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Epistrophe. International Journal of Professional Ethics in Philosophy and Education. Studies and Practices [EPREPE] ISSN: 2408-0349
University of the Aegean, School of Humanities, Department of Preschool Education Sciences and Eductional Design
Laboratory of Research in Practical  Philosophy L.R.P.Ph.
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