Wittgenstein, Anti-foundationalism, Technoscience and Philosophy of Education: An Educational Philosophy and Theory Reader Volume VIII, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Wittgenstein, Anti-foundationalism, Technoscience and Philosophy of Education

An Educational Philosophy and Theory Reader Volume VIII, 1st Edition

Edited by Michael A. Peters


184 pages

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pub: 2020-02-26
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This book is a collection of essays motivated by a ‘cultural’ reading of Wittgenstein. It includes some new essays and some that were originally published in Educational Philosophy and Theory. It includes a distinctive view on the ethics of reading Wittgenstein and the ethics of suicide that shaped him. It also examines the reception and engagement with Wittgenstein’s work in French philosophy with a chapter on post-analytic philosophy of education as a choice between Richard Rorty and Jean-Francois Lyotard. Peters examines Wittgenstein’s academic life at Cambridge University and his involvement as a student and faculty member in the Moral Sciences Club. Finally, the book provides an understanding of Wittgenstein styles of reasoning and the concept of worldview. Is it possible to escape the picture than holds us captive? This constitutes a challenging introduction to Wittgenstein’s work for academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of education and philosophy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Truth, Value and the Philosopher as Cultural Physician

2. Wittgenstein, Lyotard and the Philosophy of Technoscience

3. The ethics of reading Wittgenstein

4. Wittgenstein as Exile: A philosophical topography

5. Wittgenstein and the ethics of suicide. Homosexuality and Jewish self-hatred in fin de siècle Vienna

6. Wittgenstein and post‐analytic philosophy of education: Rorty or Lyotard?

7. Wittgenstein at Cambridge: Philosophy as a way of life (Michael A. Peters and Jeff Stickney)

8. ‘A picture holds us captive’: Wittgenstein and the German tradition of Weltanschuung

9. Philosophy as Pedagogy: Wittgenstein’s Styles of Thinking

10. Kinds of Thinking, Styles of Reasoning


About the Editor

Michael A. Peters is Distinguished Professor at Beijing Normal University, China and Emeritus Professor in Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He is the executive editor of the journal Educational Philosophy and Theory.

About the Series

Educational Philosophy and Theory: Editor’s Choice

The EPAT Editor's Choice series comprises innovative and influential articles drawn from the Educational Philosophy and Theory journal archives, spanning 46 volumes, from 1969. Each volume represents a selection of important articles that respond to and focus on a particular theme, celebrating and emphasizing the heritage and history of the work, as well as the cutting edge contemporary contributions available. The series will create a rich vertical collection across five decades of seminal scholarship, contextualizing and elevating specific themes, scholars and their work. The EPAT Editor, Michael A. Peters, introduces each volume, the theme, and the work selected within that volume.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects