In David Lewin & Karsten Kenklies (eds.), East Asian Pedagogies. Dordrecht: Springer. pp. 135-148 (2020)

The main idea behind this chapter is that a philosophical investigation of basic pedagogical practices, and more exactly the different ways in which children get the hang of elementary literacy at school, can offer a deeper understanding of what school education is all about. I follow here the French philosopher of technology Bernard Stiegler (2010), who argues that this basic pedagogical form defines the school. For him, literacy training sets the model for the practices that make up schools, even if schooling as a rule involves far more complicated practices such as teaching youngsters how to play a musical instrument, write an essay, solve a complex mathematical equation or understand the reasons why empires rise and fall. In all these cases, Stiegler would argue, what is at stake is an introduction into dominant cultural technologies (Cf. Siegert 2015) – which are moulded after the more simpler practice of literacy initiation: grasping how to play the flute also requires an understanding of the relation between the notes on the score sheet and the required manipulations one has to perform on the instrument (which is very much alike to what we do when we first learn how to read and write letters and words). Or take as another example, writing an essay involves a profound insight into the architecture of a text and how an argument should be developed in a logically stringent way, and a mastery over rhetoric and stylistic operations one might use (or not). In all these cases students need to learn to adopt a cultural technology, or grammar as Stiegler (2010) wants it, i.e. an operational logic which is specific to each school discipline (music, literature and history respectively).
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Buy the book Find it on
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 59,700
External links

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

Parmenides.Martin HEIDEGGER - 1982 - Indiana University Press.

View all 13 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

ICT Literacy: A Technical or Non-Technical Issue?Joris Vlieghe - 2017 - Foundations of Science 22 (2):401-404.
ICT Literacy: An Imperative of the Twenty-First Century.Søren Riis - 2017 - Foundations of Science 22 (2):385-394.
Cavell, Literacy and What It Means to Read.Amanda J. Fulford - 2009 - Ethics and Education 4 (1):43-55.


Added to PP index

Total views
1 ( #1,475,671 of 2,432,369 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #465,713 of 2,432,369 )

How can I increase my downloads?


Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

My notes