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Saying Yes to Life: The Search for the Rebel Teacher


Blenkinsop, S and Morse, M, Saying Yes to Life: The Search for the Rebel Teacher, Post-Sustainability and Environmental Education, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, B Jickling and S Sterling (ed), Switzerland, pp. 49-61. ISBN 9783319513218 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-51322-5_4


The chapter starts with suicide and ends in rebellious possibility. We begin by highlighting Albert Camusís consideration of suicide, and in particular his assertion that in the act of choosing not to exercise our ever-present radical freedom to commit suicide there exists both a negation, saying no to suicide, and an exaltation, of saying yes to life. Camusís purpose in this is to have us actively consider why we are choosing to stay alive and, as such, rebel against the possibility of suicide - and with purpose, choosing to say yes to life. We then focus on the distinction Camus draws between revolution and rebellion to allow us to more deeply explore his concept of the rebel and the shared role that negation and exaltation play therewith. By exploring Camusís existentialist concept of freedom in order to name both a particular negation and exaltation for our times, as he was doing for his own time, we meet Camusís challenge to consider, name, and act upon that which we choose to say yes to. The chapter concludes with an exploration of implications for environmental educators who want to adopt, and build upon the initial work presented in this chapter in pursuit of becoming creative, rebel teachers.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:education, environmental, ecological, sustainability, camus, existential, pedagogy
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Morse, M (Dr Marcus Morse)
ID Code:155315
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2023-02-10
Last Modified:2023-02-10

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