Ecological Identity through Dialogue

Charles Scott

Abstract


Martin 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.

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