Paulo Freire: A Philosophical Biography (Paperback)

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Paulo Freire: A Philosophical Biography (Paperback)


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Paulo Freire (1921-1997) is one of the most widely read and studied educational thinkers of our time. His seminal works, including Pedagogy of the Oppressed, sparked the global social and philosophical movement of critical pedagogy and his ideas about the close ties between education and social justice and politics are as relevant today as they ever were. In this book, Walter Omar Kohan interweaves philosophical, educational, and biographical elements of Freire's life which prompt us to reflect on what we thought we knew about Freire, and also on the relationship between education and politics more broadly. It offers a new and timely reading of Freire's work and life.

The book is structured around five key themes that provide a new perspective on Freire's work: life, equality, love, errantry and childhood. It includes a contextualization of Freire's work within the past and current political terrain in Brazil, and encourages educators to put themselves and their educational work into question by highlighting some of Freire's lesser known thoughts on time. The book also includes a conversation with Lutgardes Costa Freire, Paulo's Freire's youngest son, a dialogue with the co-founder of the Latin American Philosophy of Education Society, Jason Wozniak (West Chester University, USA), and a foreword by the renowned Freirean scholar and activist Antonia Darder (Loyola Marymount University, USA).
Walter Omar Kohan is Full Professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, Brazil. He is Past President of the International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children (ICPIC) and has authored or edited more than 50 books. His publications in English include Philosophy and Childhood (2014), The Inventive Schoolmaster (2015) and Childhood, Education and Philosophy (2015).
Product Details ISBN: 9781350195981
ISBN-10: 1350195987
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: June 3rd, 2021
Pages: 296
Language: English