Tag Archives: Foucault

The Hermeneutics of the (Bio)Subject

Truth and Pedagogy and an Ecological Model of Subjectivity

We will call ‘philosophy’ the form of thought that asks what it is that enables the subject to have access to the truth and which attempts to determine the conditions and limits of the subject’s access to the truth. If we call this ‘philosophy,’ then I think we could call ‘spirituality’ the search, practice, and […]

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Peters, M. A. (2022). The Hermeneutics of the (Bio)Subject: Truth and Pedagogy and an Ecological Model of Subjectivity. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/the-hermeneutics-of-the-biosubject/

Michael A. Peters

Michael A. Peters (FRSNZ)  is a New Zealander and is currently Distinguished Professor at Beijing Normal University and Emeritus Professor University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He was awarded a Personal Chair at the University of Auckland in 2000 and became a Research Professor at the University of Glasgow (2000-2006) before being appointed Excellence Hire Professor at Illinois and Professor of Education at the University of Waikato. He has Honorary Doctorates from Aalborg University, Denmark and SUNY, New York.

Michael was Editor-in-Chief of Educational Philosophy and Theory for 25 years and is currently Editor of Beijing International Review of Education (Brill). He is the founding editor of Policy Futures in Education (Sage); E-Learning & Digital Media (Sage); Knowledge Cultures (Addleton); Open Review of Educational Research (Taylor & Francis); Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy (Brill) and on the board of many other journals and book series.

Michael has written over 120 books and many journal articles on a wide range of topics and has worked with and mentored many younger scholars. He was given the Social Science and Humanities Leader in China Award in both 2022 and 2023 (Research.com) and is ranked 1st in China and 5th in Asia for Education and Educational Philosophy and Theory (AD Scientific Index, 2023). He is also ranked in the World’s Top 2% of Scientists by Stanford University. His recent works includes two books on the apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic philosophy to be published in 2024.

Foucault, Biopolitics and the Critique of State Reason

The concept of biopolitics was first outlined by Michel Foucault in his lectures at the Collège de France in the late 1970s in order to name and analyse emergent logics of power in the 18th and 19th centuries. According to Foucault, biopolitics refers to the processes by which human life, at the level of the population, emerged […]

Full Citation Information:
Means, A. (2022). Foucault, Biopolitics and the Critique of State Reason. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/epat/foucault-biopolitics-and-the-critique-of-state-reason-2/

Alex Means

Alex Means is Graduate Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Educational Foundations, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. His work examines education in relation to political, economic, cultural, technological, and social change. His most recent book is Learning to Save the Future: Rethinking Education and Work in an Age of Digital Capitalism (Routledge 2018). Alex is co-host with Amy Sojot for the PESA Agora Podcast series,  Collective Intellectualities.

Rorty, Trust and Education

Rorty in Barcelona

Richard Rorty, in the papers presented in Objectivity, Relativism, and Truth (1991), set out some objections to the dominant Anglo-American philosophical focus on objectivity, transcendence and truth, and the supposed alternatives, relativism and scepticism. He lauded a general Franco-German trend away from a realist position but saw as problematic some after-effects of embracing Marxism by […]

Bruce Haynes

Bruce Haynes, FPESA, FPE, is retired after 34 years in teacher education and 50 years of PESA membership. He is founding member, a past president and fellow of PESA, and been always been active member. PESA honours him and Felicity by holding a named lecture at conference. His 2009 papers, in the Educational Philosophy and Theory special issue, Celebration of PESA 40 years, include Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia: The official record, and PESA and I: A long engagement, tell us a lot more about his contribution to PESA.

Nomadland: Cinema and Foucault’s Courage of Truth

Michel Foucault’s The Courage of Truth – his series of lectures given at the College of France between 1983 and 1984 – concerns Plato’s use of the notion of parrhesia, or the necessity of truth-telling. Truth-telling is not only a philosophic idea but also a way of life, a “mode of life” (p. 146). Courage in […]

Full Citation Information:
Morris, M. (2021). Nomadland: Cinema and Foucault’s Courage of Truth. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/nomadland-cinema-and-foucaults-courage-of-truth/

Marla Morris

Marla is Professor of Curriculum, Foundations & Reading, in the College of Education, Statesboro Campus, Georgia Southern University, GA, USA. She studied philosophy at Tulane University, religious studies at Loyola University, New Orleans and Education at Louisiana State University. Her main interests are postmodern philosophy, psychoanalysis, curriculum studies and systematic theology. She has published papers on Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, Michel Serres, Simone de Beauvoir,  drawing extensively on the work of Gaston Bachelard and Donna Haraway. Marla has also worked in Holocaust studies, trauma studies, medical humanities and chaplaincy.