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Papastephanou, M.
Michel Foucault’s limit-experience limited
(2018) Educational Philosophy and Theory, 50 (4), pp. 390-403.

DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2017.1367661

Abstract
Educational philosophy has not discussed Foucault’s publications on the Iranian Revolution and the related controversy. Foucauldian concepts are applied to education, though his only writings which ‘sidetracked’ him from exploring power within the state, namely, his journalistic accounts of his visits to Iran, remain unexplored in our field. Against moralist accusations of Foucault’s views on Iran as ‘singularly uncritical’, and beyond standard postcolonial charges of Foucault with exoticism and orientalism, I examine how the writings in question reveal ambivalences and limits of Foucauldian philosophy and complicate the glorification of limit-experience in educational theory. © 2017 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia.

Author Keywords
Islamophobia; knowledge; power; resistance; Utopia

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