Transindividuality and philosophical enquiry in schools: A Spinozist perspective

Mercon, Juliana and Armstrong, Aurelia (2011) Transindividuality and philosophical enquiry in schools: A Spinozist perspective. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 45 2: 251-264. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9752.2011.00797.x

Author Mercon, Juliana
Armstrong, Aurelia
Title Transindividuality and philosophical enquiry in schools: A Spinozist perspective
Journal name Journal of Philosophy of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0309-8249
Publication date 2011-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9752.2011.00797.x
Volume 45
Issue 2
Start page 251
End page 264
Total pages 14
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We suggest in this paper that the practice of philosophy with children can be fruitfully understood as an example of a transindividual system. The adoption of the term ‘transindividuality’ serves two main purposes: it allows us to focus on individuation as a process and at the same time to problematise some of the classical antinomies of Western philosophy that continue to inform our understanding of the relation between individuality and community. We argue that the practice of philosophical inquiry with children, when interpreted in terms of Spinoza's conceptions of relational individuality and affective reason, offers a compelling example of how shared thinking operates as an individuating process in that knowledge and affect, interiority and exteriority, individuality and collectivity can be experienced in action and thought as complementary aspects of the same process.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: Philosophy for Children in Transition: Problems and Prospects: Edited by Nancy Vansieleghem and David Kennedy

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