Towards a pure ontology : children's bodies and morality

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Towards a pure ontology : children's bodies and morality
Author(s) Dahlbeck, Johan
Date 2011
English abstract
Following a trajectory of thinking from the philosophy of Spinoza via the work of Nietzsche and through Deleuze’s texts, this article explores the possibility of framing a contemporary pedagogical practice by an ontological order that does not presuppose the superiority of the mind over the body and that does not rely on universal morals but that considers instead, as its ontological point of departure, the actual bodies of children and pedagogues through what has come to be known as affective learning.When considering the potentiality of a pure ontology, as outlined by Spinoza, I argue that Nietzsche’s critique of higher values and universal morals allows for a deeper understanding of the limitations of a traditional image of thought. Furthermore, I argue that Deleuze’s conception of the dogmatic image of thought can provide a helpful framework when connecting the work of the two aforementioned philosophers and when conceptualizing a possible image of thought based on the body as a singularity harboring flows of power, rather than one where the body is considered a necessary obstacle to be overcome in the quest for higher values that are situated always beyond the reach of the experiencing body.This philosophical discussion is then situated within the field of educational philosophy via the concept of affective learning which enables the incorporation of these ideas into a concrete educational setting.
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Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Host/Issue Educational Philosophy and Theory;1
Volume 46
ISSN 0013-1857
Pages 8-23
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) morality
pure ontology
affective learning
Humanities/Social Sciences
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