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Beyond the Philosophy of the Subject

An Educational Philosophy and Theory Post-Structuralist Reader, Volume I, 1st Edition

Edited by Michael A. Peters, Marek Tesar


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This first volume focuses on a collection of texts from the latter twenty years of Educational Philosophy and Theory, selected for their critical status as turning points or important awakenings in post-structural theory. In the last twenty years, the applications of the postmodern and poststructuralist perspectives have become less mono-focused, less narrowly concerned with technical questions and also less interested in epistemology, and more interested in ethics.

This book covers questions of genealogy, ontology, the body and the institution, giving examples of theoretical applications of post-structural theory that testify to the generative and endlessly applicable potential of this work to different fields and avenues of thought. While informed by Foucault’s thinking of the political subjugation of docile bodies to individuals as self-determining beings, the chapters in this book culminate in amalgamations of different schools of educational philosophy, which explore poststructuralist approaches to education.

Beyond the Philosophy of the Subject will be key reading for academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of philosophy of education, philosophy, education, educational theory, post-structural theory, the policy and politics of education, and the pedagogy of education.

Table of Contents

Introduction Michael Peters 1. Beyond the Philosophy of the Subject- Liberalism, Education and the Critique of Individualism Michael Peters and James Marshall 2. Peters and Marshall on the Philosophy of the Subject Jim Mackenzie 3. After the Subject: A Response to Mackenzie Michael Peters and James Marshall 4. Michel Foucault - Problematising the Individual and Constituting ‘the’ Self James Marshall 5. Governmental, Political and Pedagogic Subjectivation - Foucault with Rancière Maarten Simons and Jan Masschelein 6. Governmental, Political and Pedagogic Subjectivation - Foucault with Rancière Maarten Simons and Jan Masschelein 7. The ‘End’ of Kant-in-Himself - Nietzschean Difference Peter Fitzsimons 8. Disciplining the Profession - Subjects Subject to Procedure Paul Standish 9. Learner, Student, Speaker- Why it Matters how we Call those we Teach Gert Biesta 10. Promoting a Just Education - Dilemmas of Rights, Freedom and Justice Sharon Todd 11. Social Education and Mental Hygiene - Foucault, Disciplinary Technologies and the Moral Constitution of Youth Tina Besley

About the Editors

Michael A. Peters is Professor of Education at the University of Waikato, New Zealand and Emeritus Professor in Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He is the executive editor of the journal, Educational Philosophy and Theory.

Marek Tesar is a lecturer in Education at The University of Auckland, New Zealand with a focus on philosophy of education and childhood studies. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Educational Philosophy and Theory.

About the Series

Educational Philosophy and Theory: Editor’s Choice

The EPAT Editor's Choice series comprises innovative and influential articles drawn from the Educational Philosophy and Theory journal archives, spanning 46 volumes, from 1969. Each volume represents a selection of important articles that respond to and focus on a particular theme, celebrating and emphasizing the heritage and history of the work, as well as the cutting edge contemporary contributions available. The series will create a rich vertical collection across five decades of seminal scholarship, contextualizing and elevating specific themes, scholars and their work. The EPAT Editor, Michael A. Peters, introduces each volume, the theme, and the work selected within that volume.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects