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Jonas Andreasen Lysgaard

The Horror of Education: Dark pedagogy and Education for Sustainable developement

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Eugene Thacker, in his 2011 book In the dust of this Planet differentiates between The-world-for-us, The world-in-itself and the horrific World-without us. The world-for-us represent the project of modernity and its omnipresent lust for control of human and environment. The world-in-itself represents the failure of this project. How we never manage to obtain total control of nature and environment. How cancer hits the individual and floods the masses. We do however not have direct access to the world-in-itself, it represents itself, through natural disaster and sickness, but need to be put into words and thoughts, drawn into the-world-for-us to make sense. Thacker argues, drawing on inspiration from the horror genre that it might be possible to introduce a third notion: the traumatic idea of the world-without-us. This world-without-us can be understood through the emerging notions of post-humanism (Braidotti, 2013) or post-anthropocene (Bratton, 2013)or via the theoretical movements of e.g. speculative and transcendental nihilism speculative realism (Meillasoux, 2007; Bryant, 2013), transcendental nihilism (Brassier, 2007) . In this presentation I will discuss how these emerging ideas could influence educational perspectives on climate change, sustainability and environmental issues. How do we deal with educational issues linked to the-world-without us, and do these challenges require a certain Dark pedagogy?
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2016
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventDansk Filosofisk Selskabs Årsmøde 2016 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 4 Feb 20175 Feb 2017


ConferenceDansk Filosofisk Selskabs Årsmøde 2016
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