Ecological Identity through Dialogue
AbstractMartin Buber's philosophy of dialogue offers an epistemic and ontological orientation upon which an ecological identity can be established as part of an integrated, environmental education. I consider here the significance of a relational self in establishing oikos, as well as the benefits from doing so. This relational, dialogical self is developed through a comprehensive, integrated approach of nurturing dialogical capacities: becoming aware, by confirmation of the other, and empathic inclusion. In turn, these capacities can be developed through a praxis of dialogue which includes artistic, contemplative, and relational pedagogical practices.