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Thinking Education Through Alain Badiou

Kent den Heyer (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3742-6
128 pages
October 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Thinking Education Through Alain Badiou represents the first collection to explore the educational implications of French philosopher Alain Badiou's challenge to contemporary philosophical orthodoxy put forth in his 1993 work, Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil.
  • Represents the first collection of work in education to grapple with what Alain Badiou might mean for the enterprise of schooling
  • Takes up Badiou's challenge to contemporary and conventional Anglo-American doxa
  • Includes original essays by experts in several different educational fields
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.

Foreword (Michael A. Peters).

Introduction: Alain Badiou: ‘Becoming subject’ to education (Kent den Heyer).

1. Badiou, Pedagogy and the Arts (Thomas E. Peterson).

2. Badiou’s Challenge to Art and its Education: Or, ‘art cannot be taught—it can however educate!’ (Jan Jagodzinski).

3. Alain Badiou, Jacques Lacan and the Ethics of Teaching (Peter M. Taubman).

4. Reconceptualizing Professional Development for Curriculum Leadership: Inspired by John Dewey and informed by Alain Badiou (Kathleen R. Kesson and James G. Henderson).

5. The Obliteration of Truth by Management: Badiou, St. Paul and the question of economic managerialism in education (Anna Strhan).

6. Militants of Truth, Communities of Equality: Badiou and the ignorant schoolmaster (Charles Andrew Barbour).


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Author Information

Kent den Heyer is Associate Professor in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. Dr. den Heyer has published and presented research internationally on student and teacher interpretations of the conditions necessary for social change, psychoanalytic approaches to anti-racist education, and curriculum theory.
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