An aesthetic education against aesthetic education

…according to the discipline required of freedom. But this only extends the crisis of education to the idea of autonomy itself, exposing an essentially disciplinary sense of autonomy as a concept of rule or domination. Freedom is conceived as the domination of oneself. One becomes free through subjecting oneself to oneself, as if two subjections emancipate a subject. The educational hero of autonomy names this well, the autodidact. Thus, the unity…

Philosophy for children

…‑humanism) of certain strands of postmodernism. Nussbaum speaks of liberal education as an education for the ‘soul’, neither insisting on nor rejecting the religious connotations of the word but retaining the uniqueness and individuality connoted by it. [24] This appeal to the soul (as a kind of non‑corruptible residue of humanity) helps justify the civic demands made of the individual, whilst remain‑ing silent – beyond the claims of education – a…

Eduction for Industry

…riteria intelligence plays much part in the ability to learn of quality in education. Education seems the very tasks of this sort’ (p143); and later, in a summary of findijpgs about industrial skills and their acquisi- antithesis of industry. tion, ‘Intelligence, as measured by non-verbal intelligence tests, has been fOWld to have no significant influence on the trainee’s acquisition of skill, In w}1at way, then, is the content of the production e…

Chilean revolts and the crisis of neoliberal governance

…ghway system, the public transport system, the total subsumption of higher education to the private sector, and the increasing dominance of the financial sector. Chile, a dependent and weakly diversified economy geared to the extraction of copper and other raw materials, remained a paradise for international capital. Its natural resources and labour market were exposed to predation by a deregulated legal system that offered little or no protection…

Universities in crisis

…ance to ascend into the professions through their schooling and university education. The restructuring of the educational apparatus could have been an opportunity to improve things; inequalities could be further reduced – for youth from the migrant milieu and the working class. Instead, the middle classes have discovered that the ever-higher investments demanded of them are bringing ever lower returns: school education is more compressed as it ru…

America, Educational “Reform” in France, Oxford, History Workshop, Reports

…rogram later in the year should write to Kai Nielson at the above address. Educational «Reform» in France French education is getting the once-over from a government committed, in its own words, to ‘change in continuity’. Last year there was the so- called Haby reform of the schools, presented, deferred, then rushed through with some ambiguous changes, then mysteriously held back from application. This year university programmes are to be reformed…

Television Literacy

…s.), Sociolinguistics, Harmondsworth, Penguin. Jones, M. (1984) Mass Media Education, Educationfor Communication and Mass Communication Research, Leicester, International Association for Mass Communication Research. Kjorup, S. (1977) ‘Film as a meetingplace of multiple codes’, in D. Perkins and B. Leondar (eds.), The Arts and Cognition, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press. Kolers, P. A. (1977) ‘Reading pictures and reading text’, in D. Perki…

Against Education Cuts

…by a local march, to coincide with the National Day of Walkouts to defend Education (on 24 November), organized by the Education Activist Network. Through our Facebook campaign (which included accept and decline options) we received confirmation of nearly 600 people intending to participate in the walkouts. We met with our head teacher to discuss organization and safety; we wanted to make sure that staff knew that this was not an action against t…

Realism and the Philosophy of Science (Conference Report, Northern Association for Philosophy, Manchester Polytechnic, 25-26 February 1983); Confronting the Crisis: The Essex Sociology of Literature Conference; RP Day School on Ideology; Repression in Turkish Universities; Distribution, Disaster and the Economic Base

…theories of subjectivity, power and discourse to discuss the ‘Interminable Crisis: The Italian Precedent 1948-83’. Stone discussed the nature of the discursive crisis in Italian society through an examination of how power governs the molecular revolution and ‘makes uniform the incalculability of writing new subject positions’. In a somewhat more classical and empirical mode Dr Nurit Gertz discussed ‘The History of the Present in Israel: Culture an…

Lukács, Heidegger and Fascism

…e hitherto concealed problem of irrationality, with the sudden eruption of crisis. He emphasises the impact of the crisis on every level of thought: the ‘laws’ of the formally closed systems of the sciences fail to function, and the expected patterns disappear in the chaos, which is experienced in the daily life of bourgeois society as ‘a sudden dislocation of mundane reality’ [27]: the qualitative existence of ‘things’ suddenly appears. The capac…

Critique in the 21st century

…s’, or to the manifestation, through certain signs, of a time as a time of crisis. The crisis renders the contradictions visible, and in so doing brings to the fore the internal structure of the world (particularly the political world, the social world) that is to be the object of the critique. Or, inversely: crisis summons critique to produce the instruments, the elements of intelligibility, which would allow for an analysis and resolution. And a…

Tactics, ethics, or temporality?

…tualisation of its cultural field offered by Kisiel’ s Genesis and Sluga’s Crisis, respectively. Following the leader It is the virtue of Heidegger’s Crisis: Philosophy and Politics in Nazi Germany that, despite its main title, it is not actually a book about Heidegger at all. Rather, it is about the moment of his crisis as ‘a turning point in the relation of German philosophy as a whole to the politics 19 L of its time’, during which Heidegger wa…

A welfare culture?

…peared to find some acknowledgement in the weakening of class privilege in education – where, at the same time, Leavisian accents were more and more widely heard. The new styles of cultural seriousness, in education and in the media, were essentially generalizations, named or not, from these interwar models. Two counterpointed sequences patterned the new period. On the one hand there were expansionary trends: a significant system of welfare, risin…

Black Socrates?

…t another tradition that is truly our own. The only therapy is to face the crisis as a crisis, which means that we must tell ourselves the story of philosophy’s Greek beginning, of philosophy’s exclusively Greek beginning – again and again. If philosophy is not exclusively Greek, we risk losing ourselves as Europeans, since to philosophize is to learn how to live in the memory of Socrates’ death.’ This troubling ventriloquoy is very loosely based…

A is for apocalypse

…, making this one of the most readable and radical of recent books on the ‘crisis of education’. Apocalypticism is like comedy, however – all about timing. Even if we ultimately share Blacker’s dark vision of the capitalist endgame, we might have to prepare ourselves for the more worry ing possibility that reports of education’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Matthew charles Kiss assLynne Hufer, Are the Lips a Grave? A Queer Feminist on the…

‘New Providers’

…, ‘Subprime Education? A Report on the Growth of Private Providers and the Crisis of UK Higher Education’, www.ucu.org.uk/media/pdf/k/l/ucu_subprimeed_briefing_sep10.pdf. [archive] 15. ^ www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/feb/12/david-cameron-big-society. [archive] 16. ^ www.dta.org.uk/whatsnew/hottopics/communityorganisers. [archive] 17. ^ Willetts, speech to Universities UK, 25 February 2011. 18. ^ Andrew McGettigan, ‘In the Wings: Deregulation an…

The art of allusion

…ssolution and decay’. Plato’s Republic, which was itself a response to the crisis of the Attic polis, offered material on the basis of which the crisis of the Weimar Republic could be projected back into antiquity. Plato’s dream of restoring Attic aristocracy by reforming it in the form of an authoritarian educational state was elevated to the status of a ‘spiritual task’ . As can be seen from the example of J aeger and Hildebrandt, the ground for…

The global capital leviathan

…itself evolved out the response of distinct agents to previous episodes of crisis, in particular to the 1970s’ crisis of Fordism–Keynesianism, or of redistributive capitalism. In the wake of that crisis capital went global as a strategy of the emergent transnational capitalist class and its political representatives to reconstitute its class power by breaking free of nation-state constraints to accumulation. These constraints – the so-called ‘clas…

What is living and what is dead in Swedish social democracy?

…ion to a piecemeal social engineering conception. As a result of this, the crisis of the 1970s was not, as in the trade unions, interpreted as a crisis of capitalism, but as a falsification of Keynesian ideas, which verified the ʻnull hypothesisʼ of monetarism. This shift in the epistemic form of economic policy discourse, as opposed to content, corresponds to the period in which the Swedish social democrats established themselves as the managerial…

Symposium on Keynes

…that has been managing capitalism, in one way or another, faces a tectonic crisis. This is what the current crisis means, into which the subject of absolute deterritorialization is literally expected to intervene. Notes 1. ^ Paul Krugman, ‘Vulgar Keynesians’, The Dismal Science, 6 February 1997; ‘Depression Economics Returns’, New York Times, 14 November 2008. 2. ^ Joseph Stiglitz, ‘The Next Bret on Woods’, Project Syndicate, November 2008. 3. ^ K…

The African intellectual

…African Universities Face a Looming Shortage of PhDs’, Chronicle of Higher Education, 12 May 2008; also Silvia Federici, ‘The Recolonization of African Education’, p. 19. 72. ^ Kwame Anthony Appiah, In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture, Oxford University Press, New York, 1992, p. 134. 73. ^ Ibid., p. 134. 74. ^ Achille Mbembe, On the Postcolony, University of California Press, Berkeley CA, 2002, p. 15. 75. ^ Ibid., p. 128. 76….