Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
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Freire and the Body

  • Antonia DarderEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_529

It is the human body, young or old, fat or thin, of whatever color, the conscious body that looks at the stars. It is the body that writes. It is the body that speaks. It is the body that fights. It is the body that loves and hates. It is the body that suffers. It is the body that dies. It is the body that lives!

—Paulo Freire (Freire & Faundez 1989)


Freire left behind a legacy that speaks passionately to the relationship of the body to emancipatory forms of education. This encompasses a pedagogical perspective that remains fully cognizant of the primacy of the body in the construction of knowledge. Freire’s philosophical renderings are anchored to an understanding of teachers and students as material beings and thus call for a pedagogical process informed by a humanizing ethos of the body to support reflection, dialogue, and solidarity, as we labor for the common good. As teachers and students participate more fully in the dialogical process of communal learning, the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Loyola Marymount UniversityLos AngelesUSA