Community, Conflict and Ways of Knowing

“I argue that the relation established between the knower and the known, between the student and the subject, tends to become the relation of the living person to world itself.” In this beautifully articulated piece Parker Palmer reflects on how we should be thinking about the nature of community in modern higher education, what role conflict plays in community, and the two types of love that are needed to create a healthy community. “My definition of community is simple, if partial: I understand community as a capacity for relatedness within individuals relatedness not only to people but to events in history, to nature, to the world of ideas, and yes, to things of the spirit.”

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