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Alienation And Identification: Learning About Oneself And The Other

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Hans-Günter Heimbrock emphasizes the hermeneutical dialectic between the familiar and the strange as essential to learning, a dialectic that is paradigmatically exemplified in humanities education, as the chapter tries to advocate on various occasions. It draws on a few classic works about stage-acting, by Diderot, Stanislavski and Brecht, to explore the perspectives they open for the religious educator. Alienation is connected to showing the social-historical context, the relativity and accidentality of something. The chapter concludes that both Stanislavski and Brecht accentuate the importance of particulars in acquiring understanding. Whereas Stanislavski can help in showing how knowledge of particulars is a way to understanding other religions, Brecht's ideas seem to fit the other task of religious education: to help students acquire better understanding of their own religious (or rather secularist) background.

Keywords: alienation; Brecht; Diderot; Hans-Günter Heimbrock; humanities education; religious educator; Stanislavski



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