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Racism as ‘Reasonableness’: Philosophy for Children and the Gated Community of Inquiry

Chetty, D; (2018) Racism as ‘Reasonableness’: Philosophy for Children and the Gated Community of Inquiry. Ethics and Education , 13 (1) pp. 39-54. 10.1080/17449642.2018.1430933. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper, I argue that the notion of ‘reasonableness’ that is, for many, at the heart of the Philosophy for Children (P4C) approach particularly and education for democratic citizenship more broadly, is constituted within the epistemology of ‘white ignorance’ and operates in such a way that it is unlikely to transgress the boundaries of white ignorance so as to view it from without. Drawing on scholarship in critical legal studies and social epistemology, I highlight how notions of reasonableness often include consensus, ‘racialised common sense’ and the ‘typical’ view. In addition the promotion of particular dispositions on the grounds of ‘reasonableness’ both promotes stability and limits how one may think otherwise. Thus, P4C practices that fail to historicise, examine and challenge prevailing notions of reasonableness establish an epistemically ‘gated’ community of inquiry.

Type: Article
Title: Racism as ‘Reasonableness’: Philosophy for Children and the Gated Community of Inquiry
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17449642.2018.1430933
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17449642.2018.1430933
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Reasonableness, Philosophy for Children, white ignorance
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Arts and Sciences (BASc)
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10071356
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