ERIC Number: EJ1057646
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
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Learning to Believe: Challenges in Children's Acquisition of a World-Picture in Wittgenstein's "On Certainty"
Ariso, José María
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v34 n3 p311-325 May 2015
Wittgenstein scholars have tended to interpret the acquisition of certainties, and by extension, of a world-picture, as the achievement of a state in which these certainties are assimilated in a seemingly unconscious way as one masters language-games. However, it has not been stressed that the attainment of this state often involves facing a series of challenges or difficulties which must be overcome for the development of the world-picture and therefore the socialization process to be achieved. After showing, on the one hand, how a world-picture is usually developed, and on the other hand, why a child who seemingly found itself trapped in a precocious skepticism might have serious problems in assimilating certainties, in this paper, I describe some of the challenges children often meet as they acquire a world-picture. Since the overcoming of these challenges is often needed for children to develop a world-picture, I aim at raising the awareness of the necessity of "learning to believe", that is, of developing a series of skills that allow children to undertake the challenges described in this paper.
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Skill Development, Consciousness Raising, Socialization, World Views, Child Development, Cognitive Development
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