The Last Book of Postmodernism comprises set of essays written on and about `postmodernism' and education. It is written in an apocalyptic tone that treats themes of religion and spiritualism, drawing on poststructuralist sources of inspiration, to contrast the present `postmodern condition' and the philosophical significance and historical influence of Nietzsche's statement `God is dead.' The book considers the meaning of the `end' of Christendom and the prospect of global spirituality. It also considers the `end' of literature and the beginning of user-generated cultures and the implications of this shift for education and the philosophical model of dialogue that has dominated the humanities in the West. It charts the `end' of philosophy and the rise of `body' criticism, the promise of the Enlightenment, the relation between education, power and freedom, geophilosophy and the pedagogy of the concept, and the narrative turn as a basis for a new critical language for educational studies. Finally, the book considers post-postmodernism and the `end' of the linguistic turn in educational theory.
Michael A. Peters is Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Adjunct Professor in the School of Art, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). In addition to editing Educational Philosophy and Theory, Policy Futures in Education and E-Learning and Digital Media, he has written over fifty books, including most recently the trilogy (co-authored with Simon Marginson and Peter Murphy) Creativity and the Global Knowledge Economy (2009) Global Creation: Space, Connection and Universities in the Age of the Knowledge Economy (2010), Imagination: Three Models of Imagination in the Age of the Knowledge Economy (2010) (AESA Critics Book Award 2010); Subjectivity and Truth: Foucault, Education and the Culture of the Self (2008) (AESA Critics Book Award 2009), and Building Knowledge Cultures: Educational and Development in the Age of Knowledge Capitalism (2006), both with Tina (A.C.) Besley.