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ERIC Number: EJ1150749
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
Is a Posthumanist "Bildung" Possible? Reclaiming the Promise of "Bildung" for Contemporary Higher Education
Taylor, Carol A.
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, v74 n3 p419-435 Sep 2017
My central argument in this article is that the notion of "Bildung" may offer conceptual sustenance to those who wish to develop educative practices to supplement or contest the prevalence and privileging of market and economic imperatives in higher education, which configure teaching and learning as an object available to measurement. I pursue this argument by making the case for an ethical posthuman "Bildung" which recognises the inseparability of knowing and being, the materiality of educative relations, and the need to install an ecology of ethical relations at the centre of educational practice in higher education. Such a re-conceptualisation situates "Bildung" not purely as an individual goal but as a process of ecologies and relationships. The article explores "Bildung" as a flexible concept, via three theoretical lenses, and notes that it has always been subject to continuing revision in response to changing social and educational contexts. In proposing the possibility of, and need for, a posthuman "Bildung," the articles offer a critical review of the promise of "Bildung" and outline some of the radical ways that a posthuman "Bildung" might reinvigorate conceptualisations of contemporary higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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