Beyond Learning: Democratic Education for a Human Future

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Winner-2008 AESA Critics' Choice Book Award

Many educational practices are based upon ideas about what it means to be human. Thus education is conceived as the production of particular subjectivities and identities such as the rational person, the autonomous individual, or the democratic citizen. Beyond Learning asks what might happen to the ways in which we educate if we treat the question as to what it means to be human as a radically open question; a question that can only be answered by engaging in education rather than as a question that needs to be answered before we can educate. The book provides a different way to understand and approach education, one that focuses on the ways in which human beings come into the world as unique individuals through responsible responses to what and who is other and different. Beyond Learning raises important questions about pedagogy, community and educational responsibility, and helps educators of children and adults alike to understand what a commitment to a truly democratic education entails.

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Meet the Author

Gert Biesta (www.gertbiesta.com) is Professor of Educational Theory and Policy at the University of Luxembourg, former president of the Philosophy of Education Society USA, and editor-in-chief of the journal Studies in Philosophy and Education. He has published widely on the theory and philosophy of education. With Paradigm Publishers he published Beyond Learning: Democratic Education for a Human Future (2006) – winner of the 2008 American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Book Award – and Good Education in an Age of Measurement: Ethics, Politics, Democracy (2010). He also co-edited George Herbert Mead's The Philosophy of Education (2008).
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Table of Contents

Prologue: Education and the Question of Being Human;
Chapter 1: Against Learning
Chapter 2: Coming into Presence
Chapter 3: The Community of Those Who Have Nothing in Common
Chapter 4: How Difficult Should Education Be?
Chapter 5: The Architecture of Education
Chapter 6: Education and the Democratic Person
Epilogue: A Pedagogy of Interruption.
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