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

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

1st Edition

Alexandre Guilherme
December 09, 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

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

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...

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

Viktor Johansson
January 08, 2019

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...

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

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...

Indigenous Education and the Metaphysics of Presence: A Worlded Philosophy

Indigenous Education and the Metaphysics of Presence: A Worlded Philosophy

1st Edition

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...

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

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

1st Edition

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...

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

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

1st Edition

Morten T. 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

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...

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

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...

Educational Philosophy for a Post-secular Age

Educational Philosophy for a Post-secular Age

1st Edition

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...

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

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...

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