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Hinchliffe, G.
Epistemic freedom and education
(2018) Ethics and Education, 13 (2), pp. 191-207.

DOI: 10.1080/17449642.2018.1438150

Abstract
First of all, I define the concept of epistemic freedom in the light of the changing nature of educational practice that prioritise over-prescriptive conceptions of learning. I defend the ‘reality’ of this freedom against possible determinist-related criticisms. I do this by stressing the concept of agency as characterised by ‘becoming’. I also discuss briefly some of the technical literature on the subject. I then move on to discuss Gramsci’s concept of hegemony and Foucault’s idea of ‘productive power’: I argue for the need of a counter-narrative of freedom that takes the form of a genealogy. Finally I discuss in more detail the nature of epistemic freedom and briefly discuss the ethical implications of the concept. © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Author Keywords
agency; domination; Freedom; hegemony; power

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