Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 30, Issue 5, pp 499–506

The Educational Thing


DOI: 10.1007/s11217-011-9250-y

Cite this article as:
Rømer, T.A. Stud Philos Educ (2011) 30: 499. doi:10.1007/s11217-011-9250-y


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 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of AarhusAarhusDenmark

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