Philosophy Of Childhood Today by Bahler Brock Kennedy David
As a field of inquiry philosophy of childhood is both old and new. Its origins can be traced in various inquiries into mythology religion spirituality art and cultural practice. Although it has always played some part in philosophical discourse its emergence as a field of postmodern theory follows the rise in the late 19th century of psychoanalysis for which childhood is a key signifier. Also in the mid-20th century Philipe Aries's seminal work Centuries of Childhood introduced the master-concept of childhood as a social and cultural invention thereby weakening the strong grip of biological metaphors on imagining childhood. Today while philosophy of childhood per se is a relatively boundary-less field of inquiry it is one that has clear distinctions from history anthropology sociology and even psychology of childhood. This volume of essays which represents the work of a diverse international set of scholars from the United States Canada Germany Belgium Italy Australia Japan and Brazil explores the shapes and boundaries of the emergent field and the possibilities for mediating encounters between its multiple sectors including history of philosophy philosophy of education pedagogy literature and film psychoanalysis family studies developmental theory ethics history of subjectivity history of culture and evolutionary theory. The result is an engaging introduction to philosophy of childhood for those unfamiliar with this area of scholarship and a timely compendium and resource for those for whom it is a new disciplinary articulation. This book will appeal to philosophers and educators as well as historians anthropologists and sociologists of childhood.