The Hermit and the Poet

Naomi Hodgson, Amanda Fulford

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    The notions of literacy and citizenship have become technologised through the demands for measurable learning outcomes and the reduction of these aspects of education to sets of skills and competencies. Technologisation is understood here as the systematisation of an art, rather than as intending to understand technology itself in negative terms or to comment on the way technology is used in teaching and learning for literacy and citizenship. Technologisation is approached here in terms of the understanding of literacy and citizenship as things (qualities, sets of skills) that one has. Drawing on the phenomenology of Gabriel Marcel the understanding of literacy and citizenship in terms of having is problematised, as is the distinction between having and being. This opens the way for a richer understanding of being literate and being a citizen explored through the figures of the Hermit and the Poet in Thoreau's Walden. Being literate and being a citizen are brought together here in order to consider the implications of their technologisation for academic writing in the university. The question of what we write in the name of in the university is considered in the light of this and of a particular notion of the public
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)191-204
    JournalJournal of Philosophy of Education
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016
    EventPESGB Annual Conference 2015 - New College, Oxford, United Kingdom
    Duration: 26 Mar 201529 Mar 2015


    • Literacy
    • Citizenship
    • Walden
    • Thoreau
    • Technologisation
    • Public


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