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ERIC Number: EJ948556
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
Autonomy, Candour and Professional Teacher Practice: A Discussion Inspired by the Later Works of Michel Foucault
Raaen, Finn Daniel
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v45 n4 p627-641 Nov 2011
Autonomy is considered to be an important feature of professionals and to provide a necessary basis for their informed judgments. In this article these notions will be challenged. In this article I use Michel Foucault's deconstruction of the idea of the autonomous citizen, and his later attempts to reconstruct that idea, in order to bring some new perspectives to the discussion about the foundation of professionalism. The turning point in Foucault's discussion about autonomy is to be found in his proposal for an ethics of the self. This ethics invites a break with the normalising discourses of modernity. As I see it, this makes it particularly relevant to a discussion about the principles of professionalism. The conception of parrhesia is central. I use the role of the teacher to illustrate my arguments.
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Language: English
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