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ERIC Number: EJ1042507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
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ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
As Luck Would Have It: Thomas Hardy's "Bildungsroman" on Leading a Human Life
Laverty, Megan Jane
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v33 n6 p635-646 Oct 2014
In this essay, I demonstrate the value of the Bildungsroman for philosophy of education on the grounds that these narratives raise and explore educational questions. I focus on a short story in the Bildungsroman tradition, Thomas Hardy's "A Mere Interlude". This story describes the maturation of its heroine by narrating a series of events that transform her understanding of what it means to lead a human life. I connect her conceptual shift with two paradigms for leading a human life. One stresses the exercise of distinct human capacities like agency and autonomy, whereas the other stresses human vulnerability to fate or moral luck. I conclude by offering important reasons for educators to adopt the later paradigm over the former.
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Language: English
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