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Thinking Again: Education After Postmodernism (Critical Studies in Education and Culture Series) Hardcover – April 30, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0387507224 ISBN-10: 0387507221

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“This sharply written book, edited by Blake, argues that a discerible postmodern perspective, most generally associated with Derrida, Foucault, Lacan, and Lyotard, remains relevant to the examination of contemporary educational matters...They are particularly trenchant in articulating the theoretical legacy of critiques on structuralism and foundationalism...It is difficult to imagine a more lucid analysis, and this collaborative effort may well serve as a primer for advanced undergraduate students looking to venture into this terrain....Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students in philosophy of education courses.”–Choice

“Those who doubt that contemporary educational writing can go beyond evaluation and the management of assessment can think again....The authors succeed in shifting the reader's thinking from concern with "performativity" to contemplating philosophical problems in education. This book "does not save the reader time" but invites one to think in new directions about education and promises--which takes time. Thinking Again is not prescriptive and offers no simple solutions. Recommended.”–Education Libraries

“I cannot not repeat how much I enjoyed reading the book myself; how refreshing I found the experience. It seems to me that in writing it Blake,et al. have done an important service in focusing a newly emergent strand within the circles of British philosophy of education....should generate a new enthusiasn for a long overdue debate on the future of philosophy in education.”–Journal of Philosophy of Education

“Full of philosphical, spiritual, metaphysical and Shakespearean references, this book is for the serious student of educational theory and philosophy. It is of equal interest to the serious reader of sociological and historical studies.”–Education Libraries

“[T]he whole text with its rich, readable, rhetorical mix of exposition, argument, jokes, and ironies.”–British Journal of Educational Studies

“This book effectively overturns the caricature that postmodern thought is inheretly relativistic and nihilistic and develops a theoretical vision at once humanistic and theological....Thinking Again can serve as an introduction to postmodern thinking for those unfamiliar with it...a resource for thinking together about the renewal of educational theory and practice for those in the fields of religion and theological education.”–Blackwell Publishers Ltd

“Rereading philosophical and literary sources in a perceptive and engaging style, the authors offer sharp critical insights while also broadening our sense of educational possibilities.”–Nicholas Burbules, Professor of Educational Policy Studies University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign

“[A] thoroughly engrossing book that scholars and teachers will profit from reading, including those -- perhaps especially those -- who have regarded postmoderism with disdain and incomprehension.”–Eamonn Callan, Professor of Educational Policy Studies University of Alberta

“What I find most interesting is that the authors treat their main chosen poststructuralists as continuing and contributing to [the] traditional Anglo-American philosophy of education in a non-relativistic manner, rather than opposing it, which many Nietzschean based interpretations of these poststructuralists might suggest. This makes the book an important contribution to [the] philosophy of education in itself.”–Jim Marshall, Professor of Education and Dean of the Faculty of Arts University of Auckland

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The authors show how such postmodernist thinkers as Derrida, Foucault, and Lyotard illuminate puzzling aspects of education. They argue that educational theory is currently at an impasse, and that we need these new and disturbing ideas in order to think again fruitfully and creatively about education.

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