Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
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Freire, Paulo (1921–1997)

  • Walter Omar KohanEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_398


Paulo Freire is one of those public intellectuals who makes any attempt to study his ideas apart from his life problematic. Although many contemporary scholars – on the assumption that philosophy of education is simply a history of philosophical doctrines about educational problems – have made that attempt, it is virtually impossible to restrict any interpretation of his life’s work to his writings. Moreover, his texts are full of anecdotes and personal stories, and his oeuvre is composed not only of theoretical texts but also of interviews, letters, class records, lectures, and other forms of writing (cf. Gadotti 2001), and his understanding of philosophical thought approaches Foucault’s (2011, p. 210) characterization of the latter as “a history of forms, modes, and styles of life, a history of the philosophical life as a philosophical problem, but also as a mode of being and as a form both of ethics and heroism.” This manner of living a philosophical life originates...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State University of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil