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Showing and Doing

Wittgenstein as a Pedagogical Philosopher, 1st Edition

By Michael A. Peters, Nicholas C. Burbules, Paul Smeyers


244 pages

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Three prominent Wittgenstein scholars introduce the broad educational significance of Ludwig Wittgenstein's work to a wider audience of educational researchers and practitioners through provocative, innovative, and playful readings of his work. They vividly demonstrate the influence of his thinking and its centrality to understanding our contemporary condition. Wittgenstein fundamentally shaped contemporary theories of language, representation, cognition, and learning. The book also traces the "pedagogical turn" of his thinking during the period from 1920 to 1926. What is most radical about Wittgenstein's later work is that it suggests learning and initiation into practices are fundamental to understanding his philosophy. The book not only provides a new and fresh interpretation of Wittgenstein's thought but also explores a new way of thinking about education as a way of revealing the educational dimension of philosophical problems.

About the Authors

Michael A. Peters is Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and coauthor of Creativity and the Global Knowledge Economy (Peter Lang, 2009).

Nicholas Burbules is a Professor of Education at the University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign.

Paul Smeyers is Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General