ABSTRACT. Peter Høeg’s Borderliners is one of the most striking books on education and childhood. I approach the book from the beginning and the end of our philosophical tradition, through Aristotle’s Poetics and Heidegger’s hermeneutics. There are three reasons for doing so. Firstly, Aristotle illustrates the ideas which we take for granted in the narrative. Secondly, Heidegger deals with the idea of truth, which as poetry and language must undergo the experience of language (narrative) in order to uncover the truth. Thirdly, my argument is that Høeg’s book, as both an Aristotelian narrative and a Heideggerian experience of language, uncovers the world of children in a quite unique way. This disclosure – this occurrence or happening of the truth – alters our opinions regarding children, their schooling, and even our good will toward them. In this way the truth is put to the work of art, to the artwork of Høeg.


University of Jyväskylä
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Home | About Us | Events | Our Team | Contributors | Peer Reviewers | Editing Services | Books | Contact | Online Access

© 2009 Addleton Academic Publishers. All Rights Reserved.

Joomla templates by Joomlashine