Not an obscure Italian sweetmeat, nor cure for all ills, nor a toilet descaler, the word ‘panecastic’ was chosen by Joseph Jacotot (1770-1840), the founder of a ‘non-method’ of universal teaching based on the emancipatory principle that the same intelligence is shared and manifested in all products of human labour. Therefore, as Jacques Rancière phrases it in his particularly intoxicating book, The Ignorant Schoolmaster (1987 [trans. Kristin Ross, Stanford UP, 1991]), ‘in each intellectual manifestation, there is a totality of human intelligence.’ (p.136) Or: ‘everything is in everything’.

Rancière defines the not-uncontroversial aim of a panecastic philosophy thus:

The panecastician is interested in all discourses, in every intellectual manifestation, to a unique end: to verify that they put the same intelligence to work, to verify, by translating the one into the other, the equality of intelligence. (Ibid.)

You should read this book: get a copy of The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation.


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