Semiotic Subjectivity in Education and Counseling: Learning with the Unconscious, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Semiotic Subjectivity in Education and Counseling

Learning with the Unconscious, 1st Edition

By Inna R. Semetsky


208 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138290211
pub: 2019-10-14
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Semiotic Subjectivity in Education and Counseling demonstrates the importance of addressing the concept of the unconscious in learning. Exploring the innovative theory of edusemiotics, it challenges the received notion of learning as solely academic, cognitive and linguistic, instead offering an ethico-aesthetic paradigm that draws on research in psychology, philosophy and semiotics to offer a new direction in educational theory.

The book argues for holistic education throughout life, challenging the widespread approach to lifelong education as merely professional training. This approach rejects the schism between matter and spirit that pervades Western thinking and represents a paradigm shift in rethinking spirituality in education and counseling from psychological, philosophical and semiotic perspectives, while never separating it from logic and reason. Semetsky argues that experiencing, and subsequently giving voice to that which is usually bypassed in silence, contributes to human learning and transforms our habits.

Semiotic Subjectivity in Education and Counseling combines educational semiotics with moral psychology and existential philosophy, keeping the focus on meaning for experience. As such, it is essential reading for academics, researchers and postgraduate students across the fields of educational philosophy, educational psychology, religion, counselling and cultural studies.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Edusemiotics: A theory/practice nexus

Chapter 2. Habit, interrupted

Chapter 3. Learning the archetypal lessons

Chapter 4. Mapping the unconscious

Chapter 5. Semiotic literacy

Chapter 6. Intuition redux

Chapter 7. Educating in spirituality

Chapter 8. The relational self: A case study


About the Author

Inna R. Semetsky is serves as Chief Consultant to the Institute for Edusemiotic Studies registered in Melbourne, Australia. Her previous publications include Edusemiotics: Semiotic philosophy as educational foundation (2014), which won the inaugural PESA book award that year.

About the Series

Routledge International Studies in the Philosophy of Education

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Research