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Wildly wise in the terrible moment: Kant, Emerson, and Improvisatory Bildung in Early Childhood Education
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work. Örebro universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0298-3832
2017 (English)In: Educational Philosophy and Theory, ISSN 0013-1857, E-ISSN 1469-5812Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper aims to show how Emerson provides a reworking of Kantian understandings of moral education in young children’s Bildung. The article begins and ends by thinking of Emersonian self-cultivation as a form of improvisatory or wild Bildung. It explores the role of Bildung and selfcultivation in preschools through a philosophy that accounts for children’s ‘Wild wisdom’ by letting Emerson speak to Kant. The paper argues that Kant’s vision of Bildung essentially involves reason’s turn upon itself andthat Emerson, particularly in how he is taken up by Cavell, shows that such a turn is already present in the processes of children inheriting, learning, and improvising with language. This improvisatory outlook on moral education is contrasted with common goals of moral education prescribed in early childhood education where the Swedish Curriculum for the Preschool Lpfö 98 is used as an example.

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2017.
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Emerson; Kant; Bildung; Early Childhood Education; Curriculum
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Pedagogy Philosophy
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Education and Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-26537DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2017.1389270OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-26537DiVA: diva2:1155971
Available from: 2017-11-10 Created: 2017-11-10 Last updated: 2017-11-10Bibliographically approved

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