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Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 50, 2018

Philosophy of Education

Glaucia Figueiredo
Pages 283-288

Pedagogy and Humanities: scientific models in check

The ‘birth’ of human sciences in the XIX century generates an endless polemic about their epistemological status. One of Michel Foucault’s main efforts is to show how this problem takes shape through time, nourished by the efforts of Philosophy of Representation. However, Latin America goes through a similar impasse regarding the establishment of an epistemology of Pedagogy. On the one hand, we find those who claim that it is possible for Pedagogy to reach a scientific status, and on the other hand, those who disagree and consider the transformation of Pedagogy into science to be a problematic issue. This discussion is of paramount importance and deserves special attention, as it implies taking up again the debates related to the contemporary views on science, current epistemological outlines and last but not least our own notion of knowledge. In this context, the work hereafter intends to identify hegemonic trends in the discourse about the already mentioned problematic, analyzing to what extent they pose a considerable handicap or even impede the expression of Pedagogy as a singular and legitimate form of knowledge.

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