The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy

Radical Love--Is It Radical Enough?

Robert Michael Fisher

Abstract


Abstract

 

The author applies a critical fearanalysis from his own critical repertoire to the seven articles on Freire’s “radical love” in the Special Issue IJCP 5(1), 2015. He concludes that the articles offer some useful insights on love but do not adequately nor fully engage the dialectic or dialogical Love-Fear dynamic found in most wisdom literature and major religions around the world through time. He provides his critical fearanalysis based on four Love-Fear models for inquiry that demonstrate linear binary, dialectic, and trialectic modes. His conclusion is that without a Freirean dialectic (e.g., Love-Fear as meta-motivational forces) applied to the understanding of “radical love,” an inadequate radicality will be gained and such discourses will ultimately fail enhancing an effective critical pedagogy for today’s political “culture of fear” context.

 

 

Keywords: critical fearanalysis, radical love, Love-Fear dynamic, meta-motivation

 


Keywords


critical fearanalysis, radical love, Love-Fear dynamic, meta-motivation

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