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Jonas Andreasen Lysgaard

Education between discourse and matter

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This article takes the central concepts of the emergent philosophical movement speculative realism and applies them to notions linked to education and nature. In doing that we argue that it is now time to delimit the role of discursive approaches as the sole road to a coherent understanding of what education should be based on. Inspired by the speculative realists we argue that the focus on language and discourse to a wide degree has gone too far, especially when dealing with issues linked to education and nature. This is by no means a cry for a return to naïve realism, but to a greater degree an effort to insist that it is important to include a focus on a material Real and perhaps take it easy when pushing language, discourse, and notions like social constructivism when engaging with issues linked to nature and education. Our aim is not to promote a certain kind of education, but to argue that most issues educational thinking faces on a daily basis, both locally and globally, are influenced deeply by materiality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNature in education
EditorsPeter Kemp, Sune Frølund
Number of pages17
Place of publicationZürich
PublisherLIT Verlag
Publication yearNov 2015
ISBN (print)9783643905482
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015
SeriesPhilosophy of Education

    Research areas

  • Sprog, Miljø- og klimapædagogik

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