This book explores the idea of a childlike education and offers critical tools to question traditional forms of education, and alternative ways to understand and practice the relationship between education and childhood. Engaging with the work of Michel Foucault, Jacques Rancière, Giorgio Agamben and Simón Rodríguez, it contributes to the development of a philosophical framework for the pedagogical idea at the core of the book, that of a childlike education.
Divided into two parts, the book introduces innovative ideas through philosophical argument and discussion, challenging existing understandings of what it means to teach or to form a child, and putting into question the idea of education as a process of formation. The first part of the book consists of a dialogue with a number of interlocutors in order to develop an original conception of education. The second part presents the idea of a childlike education, beginning with a discussion of the relationships between childhood and philosophy, and followed by a critique of the place of philosophical experience in a childhood of education.
Instead of asking how philosophy might educate childhood, this book raises the question of how childhood might educate philosophy. It will be of key value to researchers, educators and postgraduate students in the fields of education and the human sciences.
Table of Contents
Preface: School and The Future of Schole: A Preliminary Dialogue With David Kennedy Part I. Inspirations for a Childlike Education 1. Teaching as verification of equality: Jacques Rancière and The ignorant schoolmaster 2. The teaching of the courage of living in Socrates and the Cynics: Michel Foucault 3. Nomadism, creation, iconoclasism and popular education: Simón Rodríguez Part II. Philosophy and a Childlike Education 4. Philosophy and childhood. Possibilities of an Encounter 5. Childhood, Education and Philosophy: Notes on Deterritorialization. 6. Plato and Socrates: From an Educator of Childhood to a Childlike Educator? Afterword: "The pedagogue and / or the philosopher? Thinking with Jan Masschelein"
Walter Kohan is Professor of Philosophy of Education at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is also a Researcher at the National Council of Scientific and Technological Research of Brazil (CNPQ) and the Carlos Chagas Filho Research Support Foundation (FAPERJ), and was previously President of the International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children (ICPIC).