The Plasticity of Bildung - Towards a New Philosophy of Education
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- Institutt for pedagogikk 
AbstractThis is a philosophical study of the concept of Bildung in light of the philosophy of Catherine Malabou. Her work is centred around the concept plasticity, of dialectical and deconstructionist descent and informed by neuroscience. Considering Bildung a particular idea of the relation between education, society, history, and individuality, the thesis identifies change, power, and temporality as foundational aspects of this idea. These aspects are then critiqued on the basis of plasticity, which sees form as the primordially mutable and foundational unit of thought. Form is the material accumulation of the reception of form, of self-change, and of accidents. In this light, Bildung appears as a plastic form, inhabiting, challenging and changing the material body, doomed to continually renew itself. Overall, the thesis prepares the ground for a ‘plastic Bildung’, a new metaphor for education. Plastic Bildung exists in the meeting point between symbols, matter, and self-change. It suggests a shift in emphasis from the preparation of children for the future to opening up a space where the student and history – subjects, techniques, ways of thinking – may meet.
List of papers
|Paper I: Hogstad, Kjetil Horn. (2020). Towards a Plastic Starting Point: Rethinking Ethical-Political Education with Catherine Malabou. In Torill Strand (Ed.), Rethinking Ethical-Political Education (pp. 153-166). Cham: Springer.doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-49524-4_10 An author version is included in the thesis. The published version is available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-49524-4_10|
|Paper II: Hogstad, Kjetil Horn. (2020). Can We Kill the Bildung King? – The Quest for a Non-Sovereign Concept of Bildung. Educational Philosophy and Theory. doi: doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2019.1707655 The paper is removed from the thesis in DUO due to publisher restrictions. The published version is available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2019.1707655|
|Paper III: Hogstad, Kjetil Horn. (2020). Is (It) Time to Leave Eternity Behind? Rethinking Bildung’s implicit temporality. The Journal of Philosophy of Education. doi: 10.1111/1467-9752.12492 An author version is included in the thesis. The published version is available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9752.12492|