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ERIC Number: EJ924726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Dystopian Reality, Utopian Thought and Educational Practice
Papastephanou, Marianna
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v27 n2-3 p89-102 Apr 2008
The significance of utopian thought for education can be made evident through reconceptualizing utopia and approaching it alongside the notion of dystopia. Awareness of dystopian elements of reality radicalizes the kind of critique that assists utopian thought and makes engagement with it more pressing. Awareness of the lurking danger of future dystopia goes hand in hand with a utopia that is cautious and vigilant of its own possible turn into catastrophe. If education is not just an institution of the unreflective socialization and social integration of the young immersed in technicist and prudentialist goals, if it is about futurity and vision of a better world, it has to rely on, and renegotiate, utopian thought. Yet, all this presupposes a new descriptive account of the self and the world that breaks with the kind of anthropology and ethics that generated a particular conception of utopia as impossible and purely oneiric.
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Language: English
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