Is 'the Posthuman' Educable? On the convergence of educational philosophy, animal studies, and posthumanist theory

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Is 'the Posthuman' Educable? On the convergence of educational philosophy, animal studies, and posthumanist theory
Author(s) Pedersen, Helena
Date 2010
English abstract
Formal education in Western society is firmly rooted in humanist ideals. ‘Becoming human’ by cultivating certain cognitive, social, and moral abilities has even symbolised the idea of education as such in Enlightenment philosophical traditions. These ideas are increasingly coming under scrutiny by posthumanist theorists, who are addressing fundamental ontological and epistemological questions about defining an essential ‘human nature’, as well as the elastic boundary work between the human and non-human subject. This paper responds to the ongoing discussions on the diverse articulations of posthumanism in education theory and animal studies by investigating possibilities of a shared conceptual framework that allows for a productive dialogue between them. By analysing some of the meanings attached to the notion of posthumanism in education theory and animal studies, the paper begins to identify some instabilities of humanist traditions/ideals of education and explores posthumanist challenges to research on the institutionalised production, mediation, and development of knowledge.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01596301003679750 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Routledge
Host/Issue Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education;2
Volume 31
ISSN 0159-6306
Pages 237-250
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) posthumanism
critical education theory
human/animal relationships
intersubjectivity
species performativity
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/10799 (link to this page)

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