Philosophical Presentations of Raising Children: The Grammar of Upbringing

Naomi Hodgson, Stefan Ramaekers

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave, London
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-12539-4 (hardback)
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


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