This book presents authentic educational experience as the actualization of a potential within a phenomenological field whose axes consist of the somatic, the psychic, and the symbolic, thereby rejecting the one-dimensionality of contemporary education that is primarily mind-oriented. The author insists on the nature of experiencing as coming to be in a living tension between the intuition and the intellect, or the inner and the outer, and calls this a pedagogy of the twice-born. Within this pedagogy, the truly educated must be born twice: in the first instance, involuntarily thrust into a commonsensical world, and in the second, taking a deliberate step toward a qualitative principle. The latter gives us ontological hope or a sense of autonomy and self-sufficiency.
Kaustuv Roy is Professor in the Humanities Department at Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, India. He has previously held faculty positions at Azim Premji University, India, and Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA. He has published five books with Palgrave Macmillan, including Teachers and Teaching: Time and the Creative Tension (2019) and The Power of Philosophy: Thought and Redemption (2018).
1. Somatic Engagements: An Introduction2. Meditations on Commonsense3. The Eyes of the Heart4. Phenomenology of the Twice-Born5. Pedagogy of the Twice-Born6. Praxis of the Twice-Born7. Conclusion: Orbits of Intensity