[David I. Backer] Louis Althusser was one of the foremost Marxist philosophers of the 20th century. His thinking laid the groundwork for critical educational theory, yet it is often misunderstood in critical pedagogy and sociology of education. In a new book, David I. Backer reexamines Althusser’s philosophy of education, presents its flawed reception in critical educational research, and draws out what the philosophy has to offer us today. Correcting the record about Althusser’s thinking in the traditional narrative of critical educational research becomes an opportunity to revisit fundamental questions for thinking about school in its social context. In this talk, Backer will focus on the book’s overall claims and a specific debate between Althusser and Rancière on the politics of higher education pedagogy.
The seminar will be recorded and published on YouTube.