https://www.richmond.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Rekret1.jpg 392 445 Alastair Wells https://www.richmond.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/union-stripes-bound-website.svg Alastair Wells2018-08-21 14:12:462018-08-21 14:12:46Dr. Paul Rekret has published a new refereed article in the journal Research in Education.
In the article entitled ‘The Posthumanist tabula rasa‘ Rekret engages critically with the deployment of theories of ‘posthumanism’ for the study of pedagogy and education.
This article offers an examination of posthumanist epistemology. Building on wider claims that `posthumanist’ theorists risk disavowing the historicity of their concepts, the article asks why the posthumanist image of the researcher has proven attractive to humanities and social sciences scholarship in recent years. In examining this question the article suggests that posthumanist epistemology is premised upon a claim to the innocence of knowledge, a notion that the article traces back to the origins of modern philosophy in the work of John Locke and his view of the mind as a blank slate. Such an analysis will serve to underline the argument that claims to innocence are themselves strategically deployed epistemic tools that have political implications.