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The Philosophy of Education in the Gradiva Step

Amarildo Luiz Trevisan About the author


The text consists of reflecting on the relationship between philosophy of education and teacher education, inspired by the metaphor of Gradiva’s step, taken from Wilhelm Jensen’s novel Gradiva, a Pompeian fantasy. The focus of the discussion is established from the appropriation made by Freud about this novel, in confrontation with the interpretation of Jacques Derrida. The need to take a step that redimensions its performance in this context is realized, imprisoned, at times, in the files of undergraduate courses’ curricula, to a metaphysical position in the order of knowledge. The article ends up encouraging the review of the archaeological search for knowledge, as it maintains contact with the enchantment of Gradiva’s pass, although it recognizes its fate in archive fever.

Philosophy of Education; Psychoanalysis; Archive Fever; Teacher Education

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