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ERIC Number: EJ1119984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
From Fiction to Friction: Towards an Ethics of Hermeneutics in Parent Counselling
Van den Berge, Luc
Ethics and Education, v11 n3 p259-273 2016
There seems to be an overall agreement that parents "qua parents" are, almost by definition, in need of support and hence that there is always a "parental deficit". In order to help parents out many initiatives are taken, predominantly drawing from a technical conception of parenting. This particular conception defines the deficit as a shortage of practical and theoretical knowledge, and conceives of the predicament of parenting or upbringing as something that can be successfully dealt with. Two criticisms are developed in this article. First, this conception of parenting (support) is exposed as a "frictionless fiction" that makes a very strong appeal to many of us, inhabitants of late modern Western societies, perhaps because it promises answers where there are none to be given. Second, a different conception of the parental deficit is developed following Ramaekers and Suissa who spelled out a parental hermeneutical-existential deficit drawing upon Cavell. This specific kind of deficit picks out another kind of support. I develop this alternative by sketching a "figure of strong engagement" that provides parent support.
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Language: English
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