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Semiotic philosophy as educational foundation, 1st Edition

By Andrew Stables, Inna Semetsky


170 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Edusemiotics addresses an emerging field of inquiry, educational semiotics, as a philosophy of and for education. Using "sign" as a unit of analysis, educational semiotics amalgamates philosophy, educational theory and semiotics. Edusemiotics draws on the intellectual legacy of such philosophers as John Dewey, Charles Sanders Peirce, Gilles Deleuze and others across Anglo-American and continental traditions.

This volume investigates the specifics of semiotic knowledge structures and processes, exploring current dilemmas and debates regarding self-identity, learning, transformative and lifelong education, leadership and policy-making, and interrogating an important premise that still haunts contemporary educational philosophy: Cartesian dualism. In defiance of substance dualism and the fragmentation of knowledge that still inform education, the book offers a unifying paradigm for education as edusemiotics and emphasises ethical education in compliance with the semiotic unity between knowledge and action.

Chapters contain accessible discussions in the context of educational philosophy and theory, crossing the borders between logic, art, and science together with a provocative theoretical critique. Recently awarded a PESA book award for its contribution to the philosophy of education, Edusemiotics will appeal to an academic readership in education, philosophy and cultural studies, while also being an inspiring resource for students.


"The book Edusemiotics: Semiotic Philosophy As Educational Foundation is a comprehensive synthesis on and an outcome of the one decade of semiotic research aiming to, eventually, bring a semiotic turn in philosophy of education (156–157)."- Alin Olteanu, Univerity of Roehampton, Social Semiotics

Table of Contents

1. Introducing Edusemiotics: A Philosophy of/for Education 2. Semiotic Reasoning and the Learning Paradox 3. Semiosis and the Myth of Learning 4. Apprenticeship in Signs: Towards Experimental Philosophy of Education 5. Semiosis, Dewey and Difference: Implications for Pragmatic Philosophy of Education 6. The Problem of Coordination: Developing Posthuman Intelligence 7. Semiotics as Rich Empiricism 8. Subjects in Process: Lifelong Education and the Ethics of Integration 9. The Semiotics of Organisational Landscape: School as Design 10. An Argument from Images: Educational, Existential, and Feminine Functions 11. From Semiosis to Social Policy: The Less Trodden Path 12. Understanding Edusemiotics: Exploring Educational Futures

About the Authors

Andrew Stables is Professor of Education and Philosophy and Head of Research in the School of Education, University of Roehampton, UK.

Inna Semetsky is Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Global Studies in Education, University of Waikato, New Zealand, and Professor at Russian New University (RosNOU), Moscow, Russia.

About the Series

New Directions in the Philosophy of Education

This book series is devoted to the exploration of new directions in the philosophy of education. After the linguistic turn, the cultural turn, and the historical turn, where might we go? Does the future promise a digital turn with a greater return to connectionism, biology and biopolitics based on new understandings of system theory and knowledge ecologies? Does it foreshadow a genuinely alternative radical global turn based on a new openness and interconnectedness? Does it leave humanism behind or will it reengage with the question of the human in new and unprecedented ways? How should philosophy of education reflect new forces of globalization? How can it become less Anglo-centric and develop a greater sensitivity to other traditions, languages, and forms of thinking and writing, including those that are not routed in the canon of Western philosophy but in other traditions that share the ‘love of wisdom’ that characterizes the wide diversity within Western philosophy itself. Can this be done through a turn to intercultural philosophy? To indigenous forms of philosophy and philosophizing? Does it need a post-Wittgensteinian philosophy of education? A postpostmodern philosophy? Or should it perhaps leave the whole construction of 'post'-positions behind?

In addition to the question of the intellectual resources for the future of philosophy of education, what are the issues and concerns that philosophers of education should engage with? How should they position themselves? What is their specific contribution? What kind of intellectual and strategic alliances should they pursue? Should philosophy of education become more global, and if so, what would the shape of that be? Should it become more cosmopolitan or perhaps more decentred? Perhaps most importantly in the digital age, the time of the global knowledge economy that reprofiles education as privatized human capital and simultaneously in terms of an historic openness, is there a philosophy of education that grows out of education itself, out of the concerns for new forms of teaching, studying, learning and speaking that can provide comment on ethical and epistemological configurations of economics and politics of knowledge? Can and should this imply a reconnection with questions of democracy and justice?

This series comprises texts that explore, identify and articulate new directions in the philosophy of education. It aims to build bridges, both geographically and temporally: bridges across different traditions and practices and bridges towards a different future for philosophy of education.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Research
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects