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Education, Philosophy and Politics
The Selected Works of Michael A. Peters

ISBN 9780415686051
Published January 10, 2012 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

In the World Library of Educationalists series, international experts themselves compile career-long collections of what they judge to be their finest pieces - extracts from books, key articles, salient research findings, major theoretical and/practical contributions - so the world can read them in a single manageable volume.

Michael A. Peters has spent the last 30 years researching, thinking and writing about some of the key and enduring issues in education. He has contributed over 60 books (authored, co-authored and edited) and 500 articles to the field.

In Education, Philosophy and Politics, Michael A. Peters brings together 15 of his key writings in one place, including chapters from his best-selling books and articles from leading journals. Starting with a specially written Introduction, which gives an overview of Michael's career and contextualises his selection, the essays are then arranged thematically to create a pathway of a way of thinking in philosophy of education which is forward looking but takes account of tradition and the past. The subjects of the chapters include;

  • Wittgenstein Studies
  • Philosophical Critique of Modernity
  • French Poststructuralism
  • Jean-Francois Lyotard
  • Foucault & Deleuze
  • Derrida
  • American Pragmatism
  • Rorty
  • Cavell
  • Philosophy and racism


Through this book, readers can follow the themes and strands that Michael A. Peters has written about for over three decades and clearly see his important contribution to the field of education.

Table of Contents

    Introduction. Educational Philosophy and Politics  1. Philosophy as Pedagogy: Wittgenstein’s Styles of Thinking  2. Writing the Self: Wittgenstein, Confession and Pedagogy  3. Nietzsche, Nihilism and the Critique of Modernity: Post-Nietzschean Philosophy of Education  4. Heidegger, Education and Modernity  5. Truth-Telling as an Educational Practice of the Self: Foucault, Parrhesia and the Ethics of Subjectivity  6. Neoliberal Governmentality: Foucault on the Birth of Biopolitics  7. Lyotard, Nihilism and Education  8. Gilles Deleuze's ‘Societies of Control’: From Disciplinary Pedagogy to Perpetual Training  9. Geophilosophy, Education and the Pedagogy of the Concept  10. Humanism, Derrida, and the New Humanities  11. Politics and Deconstruction: Derrida, Neoliberalism, and Democracy to Come  12. Ethnocentrism and the Politics of the Ethnos: Rorty’s ‘Postmodernist Bourgeois Liberalism’  13. Achieving America: Postmodernism and Rorty's Critique of the Cultural Left  14. Deranging the Investigations: Cavell on the Philosophy of the Child  15. White Philosophy in/of America

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Michael A. Peters is Professor of Education at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), USA.