The event, the messianic and the affirmation of life. A post-critical perspective on education with Agamben and Badiou
Joris Vlieghe , Piotr Zamojski
AbstractIn this article, we read together the work of two philosophers, Alain Badiou and GiorgioAgamben, as profound educational thinkers. This means that their philosophical approacheshelp us to articulate what is at stake in education today. As a starting point for this discussionwe take their work on Saint Paul. This is because, throughout his Letters, Paul has found theappropriate words to think and speak about the fate of our world and about new ways ofbeginning with this world. Therefore, with their reading of Paul, Badiou and Agamben can besaid to develop fresh ideas about the contemporary challenges of education. We argue that thisjoint educational reading of their work, opens a post-critical view on education. This is to say, thealternative we suggest is not just a criticism of the existing system, but an entirely affirmative one.It is about fidelity to an event which has the force to install a particular attitude towards life andwhich installs a messianic interruption of time. With Badiou and Agamben it can be shown thateducation is about the possibilities we have at our disposal to begin anew with our world – whichturns education into an important political issue too. Following that thread, we give an ontologicalaccount of teaching, which defines the teacher not in terms of pedagogical expertise, but in termsof passion for a subject matter.
|Journal series||Policy Futures in Education, ISSN , e-ISSN 1478-2103, (0 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||1|
|Keywords in English||Agamben, Badiou, ontology of teaching, post-critical pedagogy, St Paul|
|Score||= 5.0, 24-07-2019, ArticleFromJournal|
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