Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Cavell and Postmodern Education

  • Yusef WaghidEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_496



To make a claim that postmodern education can be associated with Stanley Cavell’s (1979) work would require that one analyzes what Cavell means by education. And a Cavellian understanding of education cannot be far removed from his claims about philosophy, as the way he understands philosophy would reveal some of his thoughts on education. More specifically, Cavell (1979: 384) claims that an individual stands in relation to herself and makes herself “intelligible to others … [in her] capacity to present … [herself] for acknowledgement” (Cavell, 1979: 393). So, as in a postmodern view of education, an individual acknowledges herself and engages with others in a relationship in which she and others “experience” one another “endlessly” and “continuously” (Cavell, 1979: 441). Cavell (1979: 440–441) offers two justifications for education: first, one engages...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa