The Trickster archetype: education to stupefy

Dhillon, S. (2023) The Trickster archetype: education to stupefy. Journal of Philosophy of Education. ISSN 1467-9752 (In Press)

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Contra the teleological paradigm of the Hero (Chinen, 1993), it is argued that incorporating an ethic of the Trickster archetype (Bassil-Morozow, 2015) may facilitate greater critical thinking and metacognition within contemporary, neoliberal, Education Studies learning environments in UK Higher Education. Echoing Lewis’ (n.d.) call for an education to stupefy, as well as Bojesen’s (2019) argument for Education Studies as a labour of the negative, the Trickster archetype is proposed as a valuable manner of educational engagement in paradoxical fashion, for it cannot be neatly prescribed. In this manner, the ethos of Trickster practices is presented as one of generativity and ‘releasing the imagination’ (Greene, 2000) to consider radical alternative possibilities from within normative discourse through immanent critique (Antonio, 1981), as opposed to any supposed Archimedean standpoint. It is argued that the Trickster ethic foregrounds contingency over apparent necessity. The Trickster is also, paradoxically, given a concomitant atelic aspiration, linked to Perry’s (1970) linear stages of contextual reasoning, as well as metacognition (Wagener, 2013). The ethical problems and challenge of instantiating a Trickster ethic is also elucidated, with a threat to, and possible repudiation from, those vested in dominant mores.

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Additional Information: © 2023 Oxford University Press. This is an author-produced version of a paper accepted for publication in Journal of Philosophy of Education. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Trickster, Gadfly, Critical thinking, Metacognition, Ignorance
Divisions: School of Social Science
Depositing User: Sunny Dhillon
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2023 10:42
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2023 10:42

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