Plasticity, Critical Hope and the Regeneration of Human Rights Education

  • Michalinos Zembylas
  • André Keet
Part of the Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education book series (COPT, volume 13)


This chapter offers a plastic reading of ‘critical hope’ and a ‘left over’ form of a radical and transformative HRE that has not yet materialised. The premise of our argument is that generally HRE has, despite its explosive reserves, developed into an unproductive and declarationist pedagogy that works against the ‘critical’. Using Malabou’s concept of ‘plasticity’, a case is made that the regenerating HRE can best be conceived of on the level of ‘left over’ forms within which ‘critical hope’ is viewed as constitutive of its radicalisation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michalinos Zembylas
    • 1
  • André Keet
    • 2
  1. 1.Open University of CyprusLatsiaCyprus
  2. 2.Nelson Mandela UniversityPort ElizabethSouth Africa

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