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Forms of Education
Rethinking Educational Experience Against and Outside the Humanist Legacy

ISBN 9781138481251
Published December 5, 2019 by Routledge
148 Pages

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Book Description

Forms of Education analyses the basic tenets of the humanist legacy in terms of its educational ethos, examining its contradictions and its limits, as well as the extent of its capture of educational thought. It develops a broader conception of educational experience, which challenges and exceeds those limits.

This book deflates the compulsion to educate. It delegitimises the imposition of any particular practice in education. It defines education, openly and non-restrictively, as the (de)formation of non-stable subjects, arguing that education does not require specific formations, nor the formation of specific forms, only that form does not cease being formed in the experience of the non-stable subject. Exploding and pluralising what amounts to ‘education’, this book rethinks what might still be called educational experience against and outside the ethos of the humanist legacy that confines its meaning.

This book will be of interest to scholars and postgraduate students in the fields of philosophy of education, educational theory, history of education and sociology of education.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Against.  1. Legacy.  2. Disharmony.  3. Domestication.  4. Expenditure.  5. Legitimacy.  Part 2 Outside.  6. Psyche.  7. Waves.  8. Narcissus.  9. Space.  10. Conversation.

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Emile Bojesen is Reader in Education at the University of Winchester, UK.


"The book challenges and invites the reader to explore alternative modes of thought and forms of education that do not lead to certain and stable conceptions of the subject. As a result, it is down to us to choose how to respond to his invitation to join or start a conversation about how education might be conceived differently in our own practice and research."

Sharon Smith, University of Birmingham, cited in: 

"Forms of Education is a work of philosophy of education with the kind of energy and emotion often absent in writing on education... Overall, the text, while dense in places, is a compelling read that jars with established educational thought. Its style has a pace and energy to it, not always a feature of philosophy of education literature."

Lewis Stockwell, University of Hertfordshire, cited in: and