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Beyond the Modern-Postmodern Struggle in Education 

Toward Counter-Education and Enduring Improvisation

2007 - 348 pages

Ilan Gur-Ze'ev (The University of Haifa, Israel)

ISBN Paperback: 9789087900717 ($ 54.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789087900724 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789087903329

Subject: Educational Theory, Philosophy of Education

Number 11 of the series: Educational Futures: Rethinking Theory and Practice

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This book is an attempt to historically and conceptually address the present human condition and the current specific role of education as a distinctively creative symbolic violence. In doing so, the book reevaluates the various manifestations and conflicting alternatives to normalizing education. The author suggests a unique, Diasporic, counter-education that transcends modern politics, postmodern philosophical assumptions and spiritual telos towards an impetus for the re-birth of what the author refers to as the "enduring improviser". It is a first step towards a new critical language that addresses the challenges of globalizing capitalism, of the cyberspace, of racism and of the new antisemitism that springs from postcolonialism. The book calls for a creative rearticulation of the relations between the aesthetic, the ethical, the intellectual and the bodily dimensions of the cosmos and human life. It is an invitation for a new Diasporic religiosity, one which turns courageously towards the exile of the gods. It addresses the ever-strengthening-and-tempting-sophistication of the anti-humanistic dimensions of "our" postmodern pleasure machine, of pre-modern "redemption" projects and of modern deceiving offers for "emancipation". The book is of special relevance for students of critical sociology, critical philosophy, Jewish philosophy, cultural studies, feminist studies, education – and for all friends of the free spirit.
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