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Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy


published on July 25, 2018

Maggie Labinski
DOI: 10.5840/epoche2018720120

Care and Critique
Augustine’s De magistro

This paper explores the moments of overlap between Augustine’s pedagogical approach in De magistro and feminist theories of care. I argue that Augustine not only offers a useful model for those who wish to reclaim the centrality of students within education. He also encourages us to critique the narrative that women are more ‘naturally’ suited for caring relationships. I conclude by outlining the benefits of such critique. What do we gain when we allow a diversity of gendered experiences to inform the practice of care in the classroom?