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Title: Education and the idea of emancipation : from the monster of philosophy to the political subject and back
Author: Doron, Edith
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis situates itself in the field of philosophy of education by attending to the disruption introduced in 19th century pedagogical thinking by Joseph Jacotot’s notion of ‘universal teaching’. It focuses specifically on Jacques Rancière’s analysis of Jacotot’s intervention in The Ignorant Schoolmaster and follows the manner in which Rancière attempts to draw forth the radical character of Jacotot’s refusal of method. But it also brings to bear on Rancière’s work the lesson it draws from Jacotot regarding the necessity of a poetic engagement with language in any true learning. Reading Rancière’s book in a literary manner, this thesis uncovers signs of a curious shortcoming in Rancière’s analysis which relates to the child’s acquisition of language (the cornerstone of Jacotot’s faith in the equality of human intelligence). The thesis thus proceeds to re-introduce in the pedagogical scene the infant and the mother (or all of those others the child meets in acquiring its “mother tongue”). From this basis, it opens the question of the relational structure of teaching, drawing from the work of Maurice Blanchot and Emmanuel Levinas, and, following the teaching of Lyotard, seeks to bring forward the question of infancy as an enigmatic opening to the event. Rethinking the idea of emancipation from the limit of the Kantian tradition, this thesis seeks to interrogate teaching as an ethical relation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Education