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Friday, October 14 • 3:50pm - 4:30pm
9a) Teaching Empathetically: A Pedagogical Approach to Nishida Kitaro’s Pure Experience

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When we engage in “active empathy” with our students, we tend to collaborate with them on the work conducted in class. Doing so better enables us to understand the student experience. To best understand “other,” one must first be able to see beyond themselves, a task that is difficult in a culture of narcissism. Nishida Kitaro, the founding father of the Kyoto School of philosophy, advocated for “pure experience,” a Buddhistic metaphysic that enables the individual to move beyond his/her subjectivity through conduct that bridges the gap between self and other. In doing so, a recipe for empathy is created.
1. Identify an introduction to Nishida Kitaro and his impact as the founder of the Kyoto School of philosophy. 
2. Recognize Kitaro’s theory of pure experience. 
3. Tell how its emphasis on ego negation serves as a valuable tool for effective empathetic instruction.


Friday October 14, 2022 3:50pm - 4:30pm EDT
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