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Radical Philosophy Review

Volume 16, Issue 2, 2013

Critical Refusals, Part 2

Clayton Pierce
Pages 603-624

Educational Life and Death
Reassessing Marcuse's Critical Theory of Education in the Neoliberal Age

Drawing upon Herbert Marcuse’s lectures and writings on education, I argue that foundational to his critical theory of education is a biopolitical project calling for the pedagogical production of new human beings under counterrevolutionary types of education. In the second section, I put Marcuse’s biopolitically rethought critical theory of education into conversation with W. E. B. Du Bois’s critique of caste education, as both share the demand for an abolition ethic to be the ontological grounding of the educational subject. Ultimately, I argue an abolition politics needs to be the basis for reimagining education in counterrevolutionary times.

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