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The Obliteration of Truth by Management: Badiou, St. Paul and the Question of Economic Managerialism in Education

Strhan, Anna (2010) The Obliteration of Truth by Management: Badiou, St. Paul and the Question of Economic Managerialism in Education. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 42 (2). pp. 230-250. ISSN 0013-1857. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-5812.2009.00534.x)

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Abstract

This paper considers the questions that Badiou’s theory of the subject poses to cultures of economic managerialism within education. His argument that radical change is possible, for people and the situations they inhabit, provides a stark challenge to the stifling nature of much current educational climate. In 'Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism', Badiou describes the current universalism of capitalism, monetary homogeneity and the rule of the count. Badiou argues that the politics of identity are all too easily subsumed by the prerogatives of the marketplace and unable to present, therefore, a critique of the status quo. These processes are, he argues, without the potential for truth. What are the implications of Badiou’s claim that education is the arranging of ‘the forms of knowledge in such a way that truth may come to pierce a hole in them’ (Badiou, 2005, p. 9)? In this paper, I argue that Badiou’s theory opens up space for a kind of thinking about education that resists its colonisation by cultures of management and marketisation and leads educationalists to consider the emancipatory potential of education in a new light.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2009.00534.x
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
L Education
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: N. Isaeva
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2014 21:49 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 13:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42627 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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