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Towards a Critique of the Higher Education Industry


Farin, Ingo, Towards a Critique of the Higher Education Industry, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, July 1-3 2013, Barcelona, Spain, pp. 2091-2098. ISBN 9788461638222 (2013) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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While the technological-bureaucratic transformation of modern tertiary education has been gathering steam over the last two decades, critical responses to it have been hampered by a near total lack of a principled philosophical orientation and clear-sighted reflection on the essence of education and higher education in particular. By drawing on the works of Husserl, Heidegger, Castoriadis and Henry, I develop a philosophical argument against the current technological and bureaucratic en-framing and denaturing of Higher Education. Starting from Husserl, I offer a phenomenological sketch of the essence of education and tertiary education in particular. By applying Heidegger's critique of technology to the current Tertiary Education Industry, I show that there is a real danger that current trends undermine genuine or authentic Higher Education, which, in the words of Henry, may very well usher in a new "barbarism." In the last section of the paper I discuss possible ways to combat this potential self-destruction of Higher Education in our age.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education policy, sociology and philosophy
Research Field:History and philosophy of education
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Farin, Ingo (Dr Ingo Farin)
ID Code:85870
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2013-08-12
Last Modified:2014-02-26

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