Philosophical Presentations of Raising Children

The Grammar of Upbringing

  • Naomi Hodgson
  • Stefan Ramaekers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Philosophical Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Naomi Hodgson, Stefan Ramaekers
      Pages 3-26
    3. Naomi Hodgson, Stefan Ramaekers
      Pages 27-48
  3. The Films

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Naomi Hodgson, Stefan Ramaekers
      Pages 51-65
    3. Naomi Hodgson, Stefan Ramaekers
      Pages 67-83
    4. Naomi Hodgson, Stefan Ramaekers
      Pages 85-102
  4. Postscript

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Naomi Hodgson, Stefan Ramaekers
      Pages 105-116
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 117-120

About this book


This book uses contemporary film to articulate a philosophical account of raising children. It forms part of a revaluation of the parent as a pedagogical figure, which stands in contrast to the instrumental accounts dominant in contemporary ‘parenting’ culture. Hodgson and Ramaekers use film in order to offer an affirmative account of the experience of raising children, as a presentation of those inevitable aspects and experiences that upbringing is: the initiation into language and the world; the representative nature of the parent; and the maintaining of mundane practices that constitute our shared culture and community. The films which are discussed are taken as grammatical investigations and enable the authors to develop an account of the use of film in education and as educational philosophy, and to respond to each film’s invitation to articulate the existential dimensions of raising children.

Philosophical Presentations of Raising Children will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including education, sociology, philosophy, critical parenting studies and film studies.


society sociology Wittgenstein Arendt schooling education childhood

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Liverpool Hope UniversityLiverpoolUK
  2. 2.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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