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ERIC Number: EJ943708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1474-9041
Philosophy of Education as an Exercise in Thought: To Not Forget Oneself when "Things Take Their Course"
Masschelein, Jan
European Educational Research Journal, v10 n3 p356-363 2011
Starting from a distinction between a critical and an ascetic tradition in philosophy and taking into account their different stances towards the present, the article proposes a practice of philosophy of education within the ascetic tradition. In this tradition, the work of philosophy is in the first place a work on the self--that is, "putting oneself to "the test of contemporary reality""--implying an enlightenment not of others but of oneself; however, of oneself not as subject of knowledge, but as subject of action. Putting oneself to the test is, therefore, an exercise in the context of self-education. The article indicates how this exercise can be described as an "exercise of/in thought", how it has to be conceived not as a private matter but as a "public gesture" and as a condition for a truth-telling that is in the first place illuminating and inviting. In order to do so, the article first recalls how Hannah Arendt describes her own work and how this indicates what kind of philosophical practice is entailed in the ascetic tradition. In line with this description, a topical example (i.e. the films of the Belgian Dardenne brothers) is offered of how educational philosophical research in this tradition is carried out today. And, finally, it is clarified how this relates to a proposal for doing "empirical" philosophical research and for creating laboratories. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium