Education and the Limits of Reason: Reading Dostoevsky (2012)
Type of ContentJournal Article
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury. School of Educational Studies and Human Development
AuthorsRoberts, P.show all
Philosophers of education have had a longstanding interest in the nature and value of reason. Literature can provide an important source of insight in addressing questions in this area. One writer who is especially helpful in this regard is Fyodor Dostoevsky. In this essay Peter Roberts provides an educational reading of Dostoevsky's highly influential shorter novel, Notes from Underground. This novel was Dostoevsky's critical response to the emerging philosophy of rational egoism. In this close reading of Notes from Underground, Roberts compares rational egoism with neoliberalism, analyzes the experiences of the central character (the Underground Man), and considers the need for harmony in our educational development as reasoning, feeling, and willing beings.
CitationRoberts, P. (2012) Education and the Limits of Reason: Reading Dostoevsky. Educational Theory, 62(2), pp. 203-223.
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ANZSRC Fields of Research22 - Philosophy and Religious Studies::2202 - History and Philosophy of Specific Fields::220202 - History and Philosophy of Education
20 - Language, Communication and Culture::2005 - Literary Studies::200509 - Central and Eastern European Literature (incl. Russian)