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Marilyn Cooper

Name: Marilyn Cooper, Michigan Technological University

Presentation Title: "Postmodern Ethics in the Writing Classroom"

Date: February 13, 1997


The purpose of Professor Cooper's talk is to rethink the goal of critical pedagogy to help students to be responsible citizens within a postmodern framework of assumptions. The theory of agency that arises from Levinas' postmodern ethics suggest that if we want students to be responsible writers and responsible citizens we need to allow them to make decisions about the positions they take and about how they present those positions, and we need to allow them to understand and take responsibility for the effects of their arguments and writing.