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Dermeval Saviani and the ontological centrality of work for building the “New Man”, maker of the socialist society

Gaudencio Frigotto About the author

This paper states the ontological centrality of work across the research done by Dermeval Saviani, philosopher and educator. The materialist conception of history, the dialectical method of understanding human reality and the meaning of political action are all based, throughout history, on the crucial human activity of work and the way it is defined by social relations of material production of existence conditions through time. Finally, the paper analyzes the exegetical and heuristic view of ‘new’ critiques of the author’s thoughts.

Dialectical method; Work; Education; Politics; Heuristic

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