“Strong” and “Weak” Interpretation of Spirituality and the Educational Sciences Cover Image

„Mocna” i „słaba” interpretacja duchowości a nauki o wychowaniu
“Strong” and “Weak” Interpretation of Spirituality and the Educational Sciences

Author(s): Anna Walczak
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Education
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: spirituality; interpretation; “strong” thought; “weak” thought; humanities; educational sciences

Summary/Abstract: In contemporary, secularized Western culture, more and more people talk about spirituality as non-religious or new spirituality, paying attention to its experience in the first person, usually in relation to existential values. In the article, this understanding of spirituality is confronted with two proposals of ways for its interpretation – the “strong” and the “weak”, with the prior definition of the framework of the interpretation itself from the hermeneutic perspective. In the context of these interpretations, a question is formulated about the current status of the category of spirituality in educational sciences, whose source is in the humanistic sciences. However, in order to be able to reach spirituality as “the constant of human life” in the permeation of its presence and non-presence, it seems necessary to expropriate it from the usual conceptualizations.

  • Issue Year: 12/2021
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 20-39
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Polish