Philosophical Presentations of Raising Children: the grammar of upbringing

Hodgson, Naomi and Ramaekers, Stefan (2019) Philosophical Presentations of Raising Children: the grammar of upbringing. Palgrave, London. ISBN 978-3-030-12539-4 (hardback)

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This book uses contemporary film to articulate a philosophical account of raising children. It forms part of a revaluation of the parent as a pedagogical figure, which stands in contrast with the instrumental accounts dominant in the contemporary ‘parenting’ culture. Film is used to offer an affirmative account of the experience of raising children, as a presentation of those inevitable aspects and experiences that upbringing is: the initiation in to language and world, the representative nature of the parent, and the maintaining of mundane practices that constitute our shared culture and community. The films we discuss – The Seventh Continent, Dogtooth, and Le Fils – are taken as grammatical investigations, in the Wittgensteinean sense, that enable us to develop an account of the use of film in education and as educational philosophy, and of its potential educational force, drawing on Stanley Cavell’s ontology of film, and to respond to each film’s invitation to articulate the existential dimensions of raising children.

Item Type: Book
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Naomi Hodgson
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2019 09:57
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2019 09:57

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