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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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Bearing with Strangers Arendt, Education and the Politics of Inclusion

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

1st Edition

By Morten Timmermann Korsgaard
November 06, 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 03, 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 ...

Educational Philosophy for a Post-secular Age

Educational Philosophy for a Post-secular Age

1st Edition

By David Lewin
July 25, 2018

Educational Philosophy for a Post-secular Age reinterprets post-secular insights for educational theory by recognising that the persistence of religion in contemporary life raises new questions about the place of religion in education. Two common assumptions are critically examined: first, that the...

Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Education Rethinking Ethics, Equality and the Good Life in a Democratic Age

Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Education: Rethinking Ethics, Equality and the Good Life in a Democratic Age

1st Edition

By Mark E. Jonas, Douglas W. Yacek
July 26, 2018

Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Education makes the case that Nietzsche’s ​philosophy has ​significant import for the theory and contemporary practice of education, arguing that ​some of ​Nietzsche​'s most important ​ideas ​have been misunderstood by ​previous ​interpreters. ​In ​providing novel ...

Spinoza and Education Freedom, understanding and empowerment

Spinoza and Education: Freedom, understanding and empowerment

1st Edition

By Johan Dahlbeck
June 28, 2018

Spinoza and Education offers a comprehensive investigation into the educational implications of Spinoza’s moral theory. Taking Spinoza’s naturalism as its point of departure, it constructs a considered account of education, taking special care to investigate the educational implications of Spinoza’...

Towards a Political Theory of the University Public reason, democracy and higher education

Towards a Political Theory of the University: Public reason, democracy and higher education

1st Edition

By Morgan White
June 28, 2018

Towards a Political Theory of the University argues that state and market forces threaten to diminish the legitimacy, authority and fundamental purposes of higher education systems. The political role of higher education has been insufficiently addressed by academics in recent decades. By applying ...

Radical Schooling for Democracy Engaging Philosophy of Education for the Public Good

Radical Schooling for Democracy: Engaging Philosophy of Education for the Public Good

1st Edition

By Neil Hooley
January 08, 2019

Radical Schooling for Democracy proposes that formal education around the world has a serious philosophical weakness: as the ideology of neoliberalism increasingly dominates economic and as a consequence, educational and social life, formal education has adopted a narrow, rational and economic ...

Between Truth and Freedom Rousseau and our contemporary political and educational culture

Between Truth and Freedom: Rousseau and our contemporary political and educational culture

1st Edition

By Kenneth Wain
December 22, 2017

This book engages in a broad reading of Rousseau’s writings on educational and political thought in order to explore and address the competing demands of the enculturation and individuation of the young in Western societies. Although Rousseau’s Emile has been frequently utilised in educational ...

Democratic Education and the Public Sphere Towards John Dewey’s theory of aesthetic experience

Democratic Education and the Public Sphere: Towards John Dewey’s theory of aesthetic experience

1st Edition

By Masamichi Ueno
December 21, 2017

This book considers John Dewey’s philosophy of democratic education and his theory of public sphere from the perspective of the reconstruction and redefinition of the dominant liberalist movement. By bridging art education and public sphere, and drawing upon contemporary mainstream philosophies, ...

Social Justice and Educational Measurement John Rawls, the history of testing, and the future of education

Social Justice and Educational Measurement: John Rawls, the history of testing, and the future of education

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By Zachary Stein
December 21, 2017

Social Justice and Educational Measurement addresses foundational concerns at the interface of standardized testing and social justice in American schools. Following John Rawls’s philosophical methods, Stein builds and justifies an ethical framework for guiding practices involving educational ...

Education between Speech and Writing Crossing the Boundaries of Dao and Deconstruction

Education between Speech and Writing: Crossing the Boundaries of Dao and Deconstruction

1st Edition

By Ruyu Hung
November 07, 2017

This unique book explores how graphocentrism affects Chinese education and culture. It moves away from the contemporary educational practices in China of following the Western model of phonocentrism, to demonstrate that each perspective interacts and counteracts with each other, creating a dialogue...

Edusemiotics Semiotic philosophy as educational foundation

Edusemiotics: Semiotic philosophy as educational foundation

1st Edition

By Andrew Stables, Inna Semetsky
March 03, 2017

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...

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