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Education, Philosophy and Politics

The Selected Works of Michael A. Peters, 1st Edition

By Michael A Peters


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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

About the Author

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

About the Series

World Library of Educationalists

The World Library of Educationalists celebrates the important contributions to education made by leading experts in their individual fields of study. Each scholar has compiled a career-long collection of what they consider to be their finest pieces: extracts from books, journals, articles, major theoretical and practical contributions, and salient research findings.

For the first time ever the work of each contributor is presented in a single volume so readers can follow the themes and progress of their work and identify the contributions made to, and the development of, the fields themselves.

The distinguished careers of the selected experts span at least two decades and include Richard Aldrich, Stephen J. Ball, Elliot W. Eisner, John Elliott, Howard Gardner, John Gilbert, Ivor F. Goodson, David Hargreaves, David Labaree and E.C. Wragg.

Each book in the series features a specially written introduction by the contributor giving an overview of their career, contextualizing their selection within the development of the field, and showing how their own thinking developed over time.

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Subject Categories

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