Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 30, Issue 5, pp 499-506

First online:

The Educational Thing

  • Thomas Aastrup RømerAffiliated withDepartment of Education, University of Aarhus Email author 

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In this essay, I argue that education should be conceived of as a thing in itself. To lift this view, I present aspects of Graham Harman’s philosophy, a speculative realism that can be seen as a radical break with social constructivism and similar approaches. Next, I attempt to outline a rough sketch of an educational “thing”, drawing on concepts such as protection, love, swarm, tension and shadow. Finally, I briefly discuss some implications of this vision for philosophy of education. In particular, I think that my discussion point to philosophy of education as the basic discipline in an educational science.


Speculative realism Philosophy of things Educational object Heidegger Harman