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Foucault, confession and education
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (Vuxenpedagogik och Folkbildning)
2016 (English)In: Encyclopedia of educational philosophy and theory / [ed] Michael Peters, Singapore: Springer, 2016, 1, 1-5 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
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If something useful about the present is said by Foucault’s (1998) argument that Western man has become a confessing animal and that confession has become the most valuable technique for producing truth in society, we will argue that we live in a confessing society. One of the primary arguments made by Foucault (1998) is that verbalization has become a central method through which people make themselves visible to themselves and to others and that people come to know who they are through verbalization. In his writing, psychoanalysis is used as an example of how previous Christian practices of confession have become appropriated by a secular scientia sexualis (Foucault 1998), which has spread to most aspects of private life. In this context, confession does not spec ...

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Singapore: Springer, 2016, 1. 1-5 p.
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Foucault, confession, philosophy of education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-125362DOI: 10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_256-1ISBN: 978-981-287-589-1 (Print)ISBN: 978-981-287-532-7 (online)OAI: diva2:905021
Available from: 2016-02-21 Created: 2016-02-21 Last updated: 2016-02-29

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