Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
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Postmodernism and Education: Relevance of Deleuzian and Guattarian Perspective for Education

  • Pieter-Jan DecosterEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_495


This entry will elaborate on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, both alone and in collaboration with Félix Guattari. In the first section, their philosophy will be regarded as a tool of analysis in relation to Western society. Deleuze’s concept of Control Societies will be introduced to discuss what the French philosopher Jean-François Lyotard conceives as the postmodern condition. Additionally the first section will point out what the task of philosophy could consist of from a Deleuzian and Guattarian point of view. In an age of professional training, they argue that doing philosophy requires a pedagogy of the concept (Deleuze and Guattari 1994[1991], p. 12). In the second section, their philosophy will not be regarded only as a tool of analysis but as way of living and thinking in relation to the present. Their stance toward philosophy will be illustrated by discussing how nonphilosophical aspects of life – such as cinema, literature, science, and art – are incorporated...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.KA KoekelbergBrusselBelgium