This book investigates how philosophical texts display a variety of literary forms and explores philosophical writing and the relation of philosophy to literature and reading.
Discusses the many different philosophical genres that have developed, among them letters, the treatise, the confession, the meditation, the allegory, the essay, the soliloquy, the symposium, the consolation, the commentary, the disputation, and the dialogueShows how these forms of philosophy have conditioned and become the basis of academic writing (and assessment) within both the university and higher education more generallyExplores questions of philosophical writing and the relation of philosophy to literature and reading
Michael A. Peters is Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has degrees in geography, philosophy and education. He previously held a chair as research professor and professor of education at the University of Glasgow (2000-2005) as well as a personal chair at the University of Auckland, and was adjunct professor of communication studies at the Auckland University of Technology. He is the editor of three international journals: Educational Philosophy and Theory; Policy Futures in Education; and E-Learning. He is also the author or editor of over forty books, including most recently Global Knowledge Cultures (2007), Knowledge Economy, Development and the Future of Higher Education (2007), Building Knowledge Cultures: Education in the Age of Knowledge Capitalism (2006), and Deconstructing Derrida: Tasks for the New Humanities (2005). His research interests include educational philosophy, education and public policy, social and political theory.
Notes on Contributors vii Introduction - Thinking in Fragments; Thinking in Systems ixMichael A. Peters 1 Academic Writing, Genres and Philosophy 1Michael A. Peters 2 Philosophical Writing: Prefacing as professing 14Rob McCormack 3 Ong and Derrida on Presence: A case study in the conflict of traditions 38John D. Schaeffer & David Gorman 4 Bridging Literary and Philosophical Genres: Judgement, reflection and education in Camus The Fall 55Peter Roberts 5 Reading the Other: Ethics of encounter 70Sarah Allen 6 The Art of Language Teaching as Interdisciplinary Paradigm 81Thomas Erling Peterson 7 Philosophy as Literature 100Jim Marshall Index 111