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What is Education?

Edited by A. J. Bartlett, Justin Clemens

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Reconsiders the philosophical destiny of 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.

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Introduction. What is Education? A Polemical Question
A. J. Bartlett & Justin Clemens

  1. Education: not impossible
    A. J. Bartlett
  2. Education and the Enclosure of Knowledge in the Global University
    Silvia Federici
  3. Knowledge Enclosure & University Education: Notes from ‘Post-restructured’ Bangladesh
    Mushahid Hussain
  4. Beyond the Human State: Bergson, Education, and the Art of Life
    Keith Ansell-Pearson
  5. The master and the professor are dead, and I am not feeling well myself
    Mladen Dolar
  6. Herod, the Ogre… and Miss Cooper’s rifle: Education as a refuge for childhood and the world
    Jorge Larrosa
  7. Parlomurs: A Dialogue on Corruption in Education
    Alessandro Russo
  8. When shall we go…?
    Judith Balso


About the Author

A. J. Bartlett is Adjunct Research Fellow at the Research Unit in European Philosophy at Monash University. He is the author of Badiou and Plato: An Education by Truths (Edinburgh University Press, hb 2011, pb 2015) and translator, with Alex Ling, of Badiou's Mathematics of the Transcendental (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014).

Justin Clemens is Associate Professor in English and Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne.


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

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