In the World Library of Educationalists series, international experts themselves compile career-long collections of what they judge to be their finest pieces - extracts from books, key articles, salient research findings, major theoretical and/practical contributions - so the world can read them in a single manageable volume.

Michael A. Peters has spent the last 30 years researching, thinking and writing about some of the key and enduring issues in education. He has contributed over 60 books (authored, co-authored and edited) and 500 articles to the field.

In Education, Philosophy and Politics, Michael A. Peters brings together 15 of his key writings in one place, including chapters from his best-selling books and articles from leading journals. Starting with a specially written Introduction, which gives an overview of Michael's career and contextualises his selection, the essays are then arranged thematically to create a pathway of a way of thinking in philosophy of education which is forward looking but takes account of tradition and the past. The subjects of the chapters include;

  • Wittgenstein Studies
  • Philosophical Critique of Modernity
  • French Poststructuralism
  • Jean-Francois Lyotard
  • Foucault & Deleuze
  • Derrida
  • American Pragmatism
  • Rorty
  • Cavell
  • Philosophy and racism


Through this book, readers can follow the themes and strands that Michael A. Peters has written about for over three decades and clearly see his important contribution to the field of education.

chapter |11 pages


Education, philosophy and politics

chapter |17 pages

Philosophy As Pedagogy

Wittgenstein's styles of thinking 1

chapter |15 pages

Writing The Self

Wittgenstein, confession and pedagogy 1

chapter |12 pages

Nietzsche, Nihilism And The Critique Of Modernity

Post-Nietzschean philosophy of education 1

chapter |16 pages

Truth-Telling As an Educational Practice Of The Self

Foucault and the ethics of subjectivity

chapter |11 pages

Neoliberal Governmentality

Foucault on the birth of biopolitics

chapter |14 pages

Gilles Deleuze's ‘Societies of Control'

From disciplinary pedagogy to perpetual training

chapter |14 pages

Politics and Deconstruction

Derrida, neoliberalism and democracy to come

chapter |18 pages

Neopragmatism, Ethnocentrism and the Politics of the Ethnos

Rorty's ‘postmodernist bourgeois liberalism' 1

chapter |13 pages

Achieving America

Postmodernism and Rorty's critique of the cultural left 1

chapter |9 pages

Deranging the Investigations

Cavell on the philosophy of the child 1