Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education

The Claims of Parenting

Reasons, Responsibility and Society

Authors: Ramaekers, Stefan, Suissa, Judith

  • Addresses a topical issue that is high on the agenda of policy makers, educationalists and academics
  • First sustained philosophical account that explicitly addresses the experience of being a parent
  • Develops a substantial positive account of childrearing and the parent-child relationship alongside a critique of contemporary discourses
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Many sociological, historical and cultural stories can be and have already been told about why it is that parents in post-industrial, western societies face an often overwhelming array of advice on how to bring up their children. At the same time, there have been several philosophical treatments of the legal, moral and political issues surrounding issues of procreation, the rights of children and the duties of parents, as well as some philosophical accounts of the shifts in our underlying conceptualization of childhood and adult-child relationships. While this book partly builds on the insights of this literature, it is significantly different in that it offers a philosophically-informed discussion of the actual practical experience of being a parent, with its deliberations, judgements and dilemmas. In probing the ethical and conceptual questions suggested by the  parent-child relationship, this unique volume demonstrates the irreducible philosophical richness of this relationship and thus provides an important counter-balance to the overly empirical and largely psychological focus of a great deal of “parenting” literature. Unlike other analytic work on the parent-child relationship and the educational role of parents, this work draws on first-person accounts of the day-to-day experience of being a parent in order to explore the ethical and epistemological aspects of this experience. In so doing it exposes the limitations of some of the languages within which contemporary “parenting” is conceptualized and discussed, and opens up a space for thinking about childrearing and the parent-child relationship beyond and other than in terms of the languages which dominate the ways in which we generally think about it today.

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“Ramaekers and Suissa’s (R&S) book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on education within families. Ramaekers and Suissa have written a timely book. … not only philosophers of education, but also policy makers, social workers, and scientists will read the book and take its message to heart … . the book not only has a valuable contribution to make to policy and practice, but also shows that it is precisely philosophers of education who can make such a contribution.” (Doret de Ruyter, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Vol. 47 (4), 2013)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • The Languages of Psychology and the Science of Parenting

    Ramaekers, Stefan (et al.)

    Pages 1-34

  • The Priority of the Particular and the First Person

    Ramaekers, Stefan (et al.)

    Pages 35-52

  • The Intuitive, Caring Mother

    Ramaekers, Stefan (et al.)

    Pages 53-71

  • Good Enough Parenting?

    Ramaekers, Stefan (et al.)

    Pages 73-97

  • Rights, Needs and Duties

    Ramaekers, Stefan (et al.)

    Pages 99-123

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Claims of Parenting
Book Subtitle
Reasons, Responsibility and Society
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2251-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2251-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2250-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3697-9
Series ISSN
2214-9759
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 158
Topics