Beyond Education: Meursault and being ordinary

Educational Philosophy and Theory 45 (11):1104-1115 (2013)
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The infamous story of a young office clerk called Meursault has long entertained literary critics, scholars, musicians, artists and school teachers for the light and shadow that it reveals around and on the human condition. His character has been lauded as existential hero and rebuked as lacking agency. In this article, his story, in Camus’ The outsider, is explored as an educational challenge to a society to reflect on the territory it occupies, and the ways in which the sociopolitical machinery deals with perceived anomalies. The article explores notions of normalcy and ordinariness in relation to Meursault’s thinking and experience in order to consider the idea of what lies outside, or beyond, thinking about education. The argument here is that Meursault’s failure to intervene in his own life challenges both the ways in which we are ordinarily educated and the ways in which we ordinarily resist our education.

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Between past and future.Hannah Arendt - 1961 - New York,: Viking Press.
The Myth of Sisyphus.Albert Camus - 1957 - Philosophical Review 66 (1):104-107.
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