Contemporary French philosophy perhaps reached a high point during the 1970s with the likes of Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida. Since that time, thinkers such as Francois Laruelle, Bernard Stiegler, Quentin Meillassoux and Catherine Malabou have continued on in this strong tradition, while deepening and rethinking many of the parameters that have made contemporary French philosophy so powerful and useful for understanding the contemporary condition. For example, new French thought has reengaged with the relationships between thought, science and universal commercial interests, and has investigated purposefully the possibilities of post-capitalist theorising.
This book, while not exhaustive, takes the most pertinent aspects of new French thought, and applies them to the philosophy of education. In contemporary philosophies of education, the repetitions of evidence-based and neoliberal theories abound. This book serves as an antidote to the levelling off, and exhaustion in thought, that a capitalist takeover implies, while keeping sight of the crucial relationships between science, the arts and metaphysical speculation. Furthermore, this book represents a thoroughgoing thinking through of philosophy of education’s relationships with neuroscience, new scientific paradigms, feminist materialisms, anti-correlationism, technology and the socius, and as such constitutes a new philosophy of education.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Educational Philosophy and Theory.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Educational Philosophy and ‘New French Thought’ David R. Cole and Joff P.N. Bradley
1. Educational non-philosophy David R. Cole
2. Stiegler Contra Robinson: On the hyper-solicitation of youth Joff P.N. Bradley
3. Educational Plasticity: Catherine Malabou and ‘the feeling of a new responsibility’ Emile Bojesen
4. Michel Serres’ Le Parasite and Martin Buber’s I and Thou: Noise in Informal Education Affecting Dialogue Between Communities in Conflict in the Middle East Alex Guilherme
5. Reading Kristeva through the Lens of Edusemiotics: Implications for education Inna Semetsky
6. Thinking Meillassoux’s Factiality: A pedagogical movement against ossification of bodymind Sevket Benhur Oral
7. Plasticity: A new materialist approach to policy and methodology Jasmine B. Ulmer
8. Bernard Stiegler’s Philosophy of Technology: Invention, decision, and education in times of digitization Anna Kouppanou
David R. Cole is currently the strand leader of globalisation research in the Centre for Educational Research at Western Sydney University, Australia, where he is also an associate professor in Literacies, English and ESL (English as a Second Language).
Joff P.N. Bradley is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Language Studies at Teikyo University, Tokyo, Japan. He is currently researching how to use film to best promote philosophical thinking in the CLIL/CBI language classroom.