A Short Look At Jean Philippe Pedagogy
There has been much debate about the best introduction to philosophy of Jeanphilippe Pedagogy. Some claim it is bad, others praise it. I am one who appreciates debate and the free flow of it when it comes to this sort of introductory course. I look forward to the comments and questions anyone will want to put forward in this regard.
The debate continues, but the first section of this book takes on a detailed look at some of Jeanphilippe’s early writings on political, social, and aesthetic topics. I think it is fair to say his views on these topics are more right on target than wrong. He presents his arguments with great style and persuasively builds upon them. He is often combative but never angry and this is probably a good attribute as his style sometimes borders on insubordination.
In the first section we have an interesting dissection of his political writing. Much of this appears to be cribbing but then when he does present something original it is well worth reading. His politics is mainly involved in communications, although he does address some broader issues. For example, he looks at the post-modernism that has taken hold in Western culture. He sees postmodernism as having some detrimental effects on education.
There are also a short look at his critical view of the arts and his view that they are an empty sign. This is a fairly conventional view. There is no real argument against it and this might well make some readers unhappy. However, it is a typical Jean Philippe Pedagogy style and he presents his ideas in such a way that he invites the reader to draw his own conclusions. Partly this is because he wants to demonstrate the limitations of the arts. More importantly he wants to provide an introduction to the work of Jourgne Corot who he regards as one of the key figures in the French theatre.
The second part of the essay looks at his essays and short stories. Some of these are highly entertaining but others are more serious. The style of writing is usually quite clear and the topics are normally quite interesting.
He then looks at the structure of his writing. It is not too dissimilar to the way in which other writers do things. There are a beginning, middle and end and then another beginning and end. This is quite standard. Then there are a topic sentence and then another.
One thing that you must take note of is that the first few pages are typically the most dense. This is because the topic has just been introduced. Later on the tone becomes much more relaxed. This will be evident to anyone who has read his books or who has seen them. I particularly like his first two introductions to English, both of which have excellent introductions.
After this first introduction you start getting into the meat of it all. The essay is quite long and is very structured. I for one like that. He then goes into detail about how the main concepts are developed and how he has applied them throughout the work. There is a lot to like here and the best brief look at Jean Philippe Pedagogy can be found online. I am sure that you will find it very useful.
Looking at the structure of the essay is a little confusing though. When you first glance at it, you might think that the essay is divided into four sections, however it is not. The first section is the preface where he briefly introduces himself and gives some background on his qualifications.
The second section consists of a discussion of what this book is about and why he wrote it. Then comes the history of the writing and the main themes. Finally there is an introduction to the text. It is very brief and sets the context for the remainder of the essay.
Following this short intro, the essay spends the next three pages discussing each of the four sections. The writing is quite good and the essay is written in a very clear and precise style. The final part of the book is a short review of the book and what is left for you to learn. While the brief look at Jean Philippe Pedagogy’s work is brief, the insights and examples covered will help students better understand what they are reading and get a better understanding of what should be taught.