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ERIC Number: EJ1011276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
"But Everything Is against Us Here": Some Thoughts on Noddings and on Exposing Our Educational Present
Ramaekers, Stefan
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v45 n5 p494-497 2013
Noddings's radical choice for a particular stance in life is both what makes "Happiness and Education" a thought-provoking book and what also leads me to have some reservations. First, I briefly outline some of these reservations and focus on what I think are two important difficulties "Happiness and Education" faces: firstly, the fact that Noddings's choice for a particular conception of the good is likely to run into resistance and even incomprehension, and secondly, the observation that Noddings seems to be up against history itself by taking on the hierarchical valuation of intellectual work versus non-intellectual work. Second, I argue that these very difficulties, and the types of reactions they garner, show that this text is at the same time a thought-provoking book, for it shows that, drawing on Wittgenstein, we seem to have reached bedrock. Following Stanley Cavell's reading of Wittgenstein's remark on the turning of our spade, I try to show that and how Noddings throws us back upon ourselves, confronting us with our own educational present, hence exposing this present. The force of the book lies, I argue, not so much in adducing reasons to persuade its readers, but in originating a slow turning of our educational present, towards a different educational future.
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Language: English
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