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ERIC Number: EJ1021344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Acceptance, Resistance and Educational Transformation: A Taoist Reading of "The First Man"
Roberts, Peter
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v45 n11 spec iss p1175-1189 2013
This article provides a Taoist reading of Camus' posthumously published novel, "The first man". With its focus on the early life of the central character, Jacques Cormery, "The first man" is a semi-autobiographical account of learning and transformation, but it is, like so many other stories of its kind, one sustained by complex tensions: between the comfort of the familiar and the promise of the new; between possibility and despair; between resistance and acceptance. A theme that binds some of the key educational elements of the book together is love: Jacques's love of his mother and his elementary school teacher and their love for him; love of learning; and love of "home". A Taoist theoretical framework is helpful in understanding the nature of this love and its pedagogical significance. In particular, the book exemplifies the importance of the figure of the mother--both in the person of Jacques's mother and more symbolically in the notion of "the Great Mother". The article concludes with thoughts on the value of literature for educational inquiry.
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Language: English
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