The Politics of Unfinishedness

Recontextualizing Freire for Ecofeminism and Contemporary Education

From The Politics of Unfinishedness:

I cannot guarantee that this paper is flawless. It is only a small step in a larger process that is the project of unfinishedness, which was first identified by Paulo Freire and is only humbly continued herein. In future I plan to continue the project of explaining the concept of unfinishedness, and I invite you to participate. You may add, you may critique, you may expand. You may point out things I have missed or did not have room for in this paper. I am open to all of these. Unfinishedness is itself characterized by the recognition that a statement made will not be a final form, and by the openness to retracting or altering the judgement made in the statement.

What the project of unfinishedness criticizes are the multiple exploitations (such as of humans by humans and the natural environment by humans) in this world we humans have constructed. I ask you, in your participation in continuing the project of unfinishedness, to agree to the basic goal of ending exploitations, in which violence is committed against an other. Unfinishedness provides a guideline to how to think toward ending exploitations. But it is, by its very form, open to critique, recontextualization, and change.