An Education in 'Evil'

Implications for Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Beyond

  • Cathryn┬ávan Kessel

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Educational Futures book series (PSEF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 151-155

About this book


This book asserts that engaging with divergent understandings about the nature of evil and how it functions can help those interested in education think through issues in curriculum, pedagogy, and beyond. The author provokes thinking about and through the concept of evil in the spirit of thoughtful education (as opposed to thoughtless schooling) toward how we might live together in less harmful ways. Although thinking about evil can be uncomfortable and troubling, such inquiries help us explore what sort of relations we want to have with others. Analyzing our role in evil as humans, as well as our responsibilities to counter the processes of evil present in our everyday lives, opens up a potential to foster radical thought in and out of the classroom.


thoughtful education responsibility in the classroom educational agency citizenship education evil and media literacy symbolic evil and schooling

Authors and affiliations

  • Cathryn┬ávan Kessel
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  1. 1.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-16604-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-16605-2
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