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ERIC Number: EJ1036879
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Locke's Children? Rousseau and the Beans (Beings?) of the Colonial Learner
Papastephanou, Marianna; Gregoriou, Zelia
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v33 n5 p463-480 Sep 2014
Rousseau's story about Emile having his first moral lesson in property rights by planting beans in a garden plot has educationally been discussed from various perspectives. What remains unexplored in such readings, however, is the connection of the theory of the natural learner with the Lockean rationalization of appropriation of land through cultivation. We will show that this connection forms the subtext of the "beans" episode and grounds the rich and complex textual operations that give to the episode a strong political character. The aim is to unearth the common, colonial cause that the ideas of the natural learner, property as original relation to land and contractuality may make in Locke-inspired, early modern pedagogy and to explore the ambivalences in Rousseau's text that are thus created.
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Language: English
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