The happy and suffering student? Rousseau's Emile and the path not taken in progressive educational thought
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Educational Theory 62 (3):249-265 (2012)
One of the mantras of progressive education is that genuine learning ought to be exciting and pleasurable, rather than joyless and painful. To a significant extent, Jean-Jacques Rousseau is associated with this mantra. In a theme of Emile that is often neglected in the educational literature, however, Rousseau stated that “to suffer is the first thing [Emile] ought to learn and the thing he will most need to know.” Through a discussion of Rousseau's argument for the importance of an education in suffering, Avi Mintz contends that the reception of Rousseau by progressives suggests a detrimental misstep in the history of educational thought, a misstep that we should recognize and correct today. We ought to revive the progressive tradition of distinguishing the valuable educational pains from the harmful ones, even if we disagree with the particular types of pain that Rousseau identified as educationally valuable
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Marianna Papastephanou & Zelia Gregoriou (2014). Locke's Children? Rousseau and the Beans (Beings?) of the Colonial Learner. Studies in Philosophy and Education 33 (5):463-480.
Similar books and articles
Olivier Michaud (2012). Thinking About the Nature and Role of Authority in Democratic Education with Rousseau's Emile. Educational Theory 62 (3):287-304.
Mark E. Jonas (2010). When Teachers Must Let Education Hurt: Rousseau and Nietzsche on Compassion and the Educational Value of Suffering. Journal of Philosophy of Education 44 (1):45-60.
Scott Walter (1996). The 'Flawed Parent': A Reconsideration of Rousseau's "Emile" and Its Significance for Radical Education in the United States. British Journal of Educational Studies 44 (3):260 - 274.
Tyson E. Lewis (2012). Rousseau and the Fable: Rethinking the Fabulous Nature of Educational Philosophy. Educational Theory 62 (3):323-341.
G. John (1981). The Moral Education of Emile. Journal of Moral Education 11 (1):18-31.
Richard White (2008). Rousseau and the Education of Compassion. Journal of Philosophy of Education 42 (1):35-48.
Tal Gilead (2012). Rousseau, Happiness, and the Economic Approach to Education. Educational Theory 62 (3):267-285.
Mark D. Gedney (1999). Rousseau's Émile. The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 3:41-50.
John Darling (1985). Understanding and Religion in Rousseau's Emile. British Journal of Educational Studies 33 (1):20 - 34.
Hunter Mcewan (2011). A Portrait of the Teacher as Friend and Artist: The Example of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Educational Philosophy and Theory 43 (5):508-520.
Megan J. Laverty (2011). Can You Hear Me Now? Jean-Jacques Rousseau on Listening Education. Educational Theory 61 (2):155-169.
Eve Grace & Christopher Kelly (eds.) (2012). The Challenge of Rousseau. Cambridge University Press.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (2009). Sophie; or, Woman" (From Emile). In Rousseau on Women, Love, and Family. Dartmouth College Press.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (2009). Mothers and Infants (From Emile). In Rousseau on Women, Love, and Family. Dartmouth College Press.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (2009). Emile and Sophie; or, the Solitaries. In Rousseau on Women, Love, and Family. Dartmouth College Press.
Added to index2012-06-08
Total downloads15 ( #155,553 of 1,696,633 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #144,179 of 1,696,633 )
How can I increase my downloads?