Education, Philosophy and Politics: The Selected Works of Michael A. Peters

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Routledge, Jun 17, 2013 - Education - 230 pages

In the World Library of Educationalists series, international experts themselves compile career-long collections of what they judge to be their finest pieces - extracts from books, key articles, salient research findings, major theoretical and/practical contributions - so the world can read them in a single manageable volume.

Michael A. Peters has spent the last 30 years researching, thinking and writing about some of the key and enduring issues in education. He has contributed over 60 books (authored, co-authored and edited) and 500 articles to the field.

In Education, Philosophy and Politics, Michael A. Peters brings together 15 of his key writings in one place, including chapters from his best-selling books and articles from leading journals. Starting with a specially written Introduction, which gives an overview of Michael's career and contextualises his selection, the essays are then arranged thematically to create a pathway of a way of thinking in philosophy of education which is forward looking but takes account of tradition and the past. The subjects of the chapters include;

  • Wittgenstein Studies
  • Philosophical Critique of Modernity
  • French Poststructuralism
  • Jean-Francois Lyotard
  • Foucault & Deleuze
  • Derrida
  • American Pragmatism
  • Rorty
  • Cavell
  • Philosophy and racism

Through this book, readers can follow the themes and strands that Michael A. Peters has written about for over three decades and clearly see his important contribution to the field of education.


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Wittgenstein confession andpedagogy
Heidegger education and modernity
from regimes to games of truth
HumanismDerrida and thenew humanities
Derrida neoliberalism anddemocracy
Rortys postmodernist bourgeoisliberalism

from disciplinary pedagogy
Geophilosophyeducation andthe pedagogyofthe concept

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About the author (2013)

Michael A. Peters is Professor of Education at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), USA.

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