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The end of lifelong learning: a post-human condition?

Citation
Edwards R (2010) The end of lifelong learning: a post-human condition?, Studies in the Education of Adults, 42 (1), pp. 5-17.

Abstract
This article explores the significance of theories of the post-human for lifelong learning. Drawing upon the works of Karen Barad and Bruno Latour, it suggests that education has focused on the learning subject as a result of an a priori assumption of a separation of matter from meaning, the object from the subject. By contrast, a post-human intervention points to the constant material entanglement of the human and non-human in the enactment of the world, and thus the problematic status of subjects and objects as separate from one another. This contrast is examined in relation to the distinction made by Latour between matters of fact/objects and matters of concern/things. The article suggests that a post-human condition could signal the end of lifelong learning and provide a rationale for responsible experimentation as a way of enacting an educational purpose.

StatusPublished
AuthorsEdwards Richard
Publication date04/2010
URLhttp://www.ingentaconnect.com/…0000001/art00002
PublisherNIACE
ISSN 0266-0830
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Studies in the Education of Adults: Volume 42, Issue 1

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