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New Directions in the Philosophy of Education


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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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Essays in the Phenomenology of Learning The Challenge of Proximity

Essays in the Phenomenology of Learning: The Challenge of Proximity

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Fiachra Long
September 26, 2022

This book explores the phenomenology of learning with particular focus on the ‘closeness’ or ‘proximity’ of the knowledge that impacts on learners, young and old.  Studying the power of learning to transform human beings, this book offers an in-depth discussion of how different phenomenologists ...

Zehou Li and the Aesthetics of Educational Maturity A Transcultural Reading

Zehou Li and the Aesthetics of Educational Maturity: A Transcultural Reading

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Flora Liuying Wei
September 19, 2022

This book articulates a unique conception of aesthetic educational philosophy and its relation to the Chinese world, drawing on the works of the prominent contemporary Chinese philosopher Zehou Li. The book outlines an aesthetics approach to educational maturity that recognises both the ...

Education, Crisis and Philosophy Ubuntu within Higher Education

Education, Crisis and Philosophy: Ubuntu within Higher Education

1st Edition

By Yusef Waghid
April 01, 2022

This book brings together a discussion of educational philosophy, nihilism and humanity to rethink education in times of crisis, with a particular focus on teaching and learning in universities. The book argues that an educational crisis manifests when the value of academic institutions come ...

Caring Confrontations for Education and Democracy

Caring Confrontations for Education and Democracy

1st Edition

By R. Scott Webster
November 30, 2021

Caring Confrontations for Education and Democracy makes a compelling case for redirecting current practices of education to focus on being educated rather than having an education. The book offers a detailed analysis of how an education for democracy must encourage commitment to important ideals ...

Ilan Gur-Ze’ev and Education Pedagogies of Transformation and Peace

Ilan Gur-Ze’ev and Education: Pedagogies of Transformation and Peace

1st Edition

By Alexandre Guilherme
December 05, 2019

Ilan Gur-Ze'ev and Education: Pedagogies of Transformation and Peace critically analyses and introduces the main ideas of Ilan Gur-Ze’ev, reflecting on his continuing theoretical and practical relevance to the field of education. This book offers an accessible, higher-level critical ...

Heidegger and Executive Education The Management of Time

Heidegger and Executive Education: The Management of Time

1st Edition

By Toby Thompson
June 06, 2019

Global corporations and the senior executives who oversee them have been subject to great criticism in recent times: not only do such corporations hold extreme concentrations of wealth, but they continue to sanction staggering pay inequalities between the haves and the have-nots. At the same time, ...

Education and Schmid's Art of Living Philosophical, Psychological and Educational Perspectives on Living a Good Life

Education and Schmid's Art of Living: Philosophical, Psychological and Educational Perspectives on Living a Good Life

1st Edition

By Christoph Teschers
January 17, 2019

Instead of simply following the current neoliberal mantra of proclaiming economic growth as the single most important factor for maintaining well-being, Education and Schmid’s Art of Living revisits the idea of an education focused on personal development and the well-being of human beings. Drawing...

Education and the Limits of Reason Reading Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Nabokov

Education and the Limits of Reason: Reading Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Nabokov

1st Edition

By Peter Roberts, Herner Saeverot
December 19, 2018

In recent decades, a growing body of educational scholarship has called into question deeply embedded assumptions about the nature, value and consequences of reason. Education and the Limits of Reason extends this critical conversation, arguing that in seeking to investigate the meaning and ...

Indigenous Education and the Metaphysics of Presence A Worlded Philosophy

Indigenous Education and the Metaphysics of Presence: A Worlded Philosophy

1st Edition

By Carl Mika
December 19, 2018

Indigenous Education and the Metaphysics of Presence: A worlded philosophy explores a notion of education called ‘worldedness’ that sits at the core of indigenous philosophy. This is the idea that any one thing is constituted by all others and is, therefore, educational to the extent that it is ...

Literature and Philosophical Play in Early Childhood Education A Humanities Based Approach to Research and Practice

Literature and Philosophical Play in Early Childhood Education: A Humanities Based Approach to Research and Practice

1st Edition

By Viktor Johansson
December 13, 2018

Literature and Philosophical Play in Early Childhood Education explores the role of philosophy and the humanities as pedagogy in early childhood educational research and practice, arguing that research should attend to questions about education and growth that concern social structures, individual ...

Bearing with Strangers Arendt, Education and the Politics of Inclusion

Bearing with Strangers: Arendt, Education and the Politics of Inclusion

1st Edition

By Morten T. Korsgaard
November 08, 2018

Bearing with Strangers looks at inclusion in education in a new way, regarding education as a discipline with practical and theoretical concepts and criteria which emanate from education and schooling itself. By introducing the notion of the instrumental fallacy, it shows how this is not only an ...

Towards a Posthuman Theory of Educational Relationality

Towards a Posthuman Theory of Educational Relationality

1st Edition

By Simon Ceder
August 14, 2018

Towards a Posthuman Theory of Educational Relationality critically reads the intersubjective theories on educational relations and uses a posthuman approach to ascribe agency relationally to humans and nonhumans alike. The book introduces the concept of ‘educational relationality’ and contains ...

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