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How to Grow Up, According to Immanuel Kant and Dorothy Dinnerstein


by Gregory Lewis Bynum — October 18, 2013

This commentary on what it means for humans to mature presents a reading of mutually complementary ideas from the philosophers Immanuel Kant and Dorothy Dinnerstein. It is argued that both childhood and maturity, and the relationship between childhood and maturity, must be reconceived in order for us to arrive at a better understanding of what it means to grow up. This re-conception requires that we challenge three different, but interconnected, false binaries. These false binaries are (1) rationalism (which places abstract ideas above empirical evidence) vs. empiricism (which places empirical evidence above abstract ideas); (2) “masculinity” vs. “femininity;” and (3) adult experience vs. childhood experience.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 18, 2013
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17286, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 4:04:44 AM

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