chapter  2
10 Pages

The Discourse of Philosophy of Education

Maxine Greene situates Philosophy of Education within the discourse about rights, self, rationality and power and provides an analysis that emphasizes deconstruction and renewal. In developing this narrative she raises the most important issues that contemporary philosophers and philosophers of educators must come to address-how traditional (Western) conceptions of rights can be mobilized to generate renewal without reinforcing hierarchy and domination. To put the problem slightly differently: How can the liberating features of the language of human rights be maintained while avoiding using the concept of rights-developed by white, Western, bourgeois males-to lord it over others who have not yet reached the stage of development where they can appreciate the wisdom of the Enlightenment tradition? Although Greene echoes Cixous's ambivalence regarding this conception of rights and the "inalienable" self that it attaches to, she also shares, I think, correctly, Cixous's reluctance to abandon the concept completely.