What is Education?

Published by Edinburgh University Press in 2017.

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This book sets itself a difficult and essential task: nothing less than opening a new epoch of thought on the practice of what education is. – Alain Badiou


What is education? This volume collects some of the foremost voices in contemporary thought to think through this question from their unique perspectives. Revealing the contentions and possibilities of a new engagement with the question of education, it provides fresh insights into education: what it is, what it is not, and what is to be done about it.

At a time when education is so important as to be considered an essential human right yet is under attack from funding cuts, government policies and fundamentalists, this book will open the thinking on education onto new and important territory.


Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is Education? A Polemical Question by A. J. Bartlett and Justin Clemens
1. Education: Not Impossible by A. J. Bartlett
2. Education and the Enclosure of Knowledge in the Global University by Silvia Federici
3. Knowledge Enclosure & University Education: Notes from ‘Post-Restructured’ Bangladesh by Mushahid Hussain
4. Beyond the Human State: Bergson, Education, and the Art of Life by Keith Ansell-Pearson
5. The Master and the Professor Are Dead, and I am not Feeling well myself by Mladen Dolar
6. Herod, the Ogre… and Miss Cooper’s Rifle: Education as a Refuge for Childhood and the World by Jorge Larrosa
7. Parlomurs: A Dialogue on Corruption in Education by Alessandro Russo
8. When Shall We Go…? by Judith Balso

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