Eros as the Educational Principle of Democracy
Author: Burch, K.
Source: Studies in Philosophy and Education, Volume 18, Number 3, 1999 , pp. 123-142(20)
Abstract:This paper explores the value of the eros motif for critical pedagogy and citizenship education. The conceptual affinities between eros and democracy are identified and integrated into a theory of democratic political education. Long recognized as vital to the process of self knowledge, the ancient Greek concept of eros has nevertheless been largely erased from contemporary educational debate. By retrieving eros from the fringe of academic discourse and integrating it with critical pedagogy, the aims of radical democracy can be more fully achieved. The essay emphasizes the civil society or cultural dimensions of democracy as against its legal or procedural aspects. Renewed emphasis on the associational qualities of democracy underscore the importance of eros as an educational principle. The ancient pedagogical motif of educating the desires is posited as an alternative to the liberal/modernist paradigm of education which de-values affective domains of knowledge.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Social Foundations of Education, Teachers College #807, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 47306, U.S.A. (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Publication date: 1999