Date of Award

2014

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Philosophy

Abstract

This dissertation explores the intersection of Augustine's philosophy of education and contemporary feminisms. While these two camps have traditionally been viewed as antagonistic to one another, I suggest that a fruitful exchange between them is possible. More specifically, I argue that Augustine's analyses of pedagogical desire, pleasure, and care draw upon the experiences of women in ways that do not necessarily reinforce the myth of their social/political subservience. I conclude by offering one account as to why feminists might `desire' to engage in the traditional canon today. Drawing upon the scholarly desires of the feminists who occupy my own classroom, I argue that the politics of feminist scholarship need not demand the eradication of feminist difference.

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