London Branch Seminar
Education is increasingly vocational, at the service of the continuous exponential increase in economic growth, while climate change is an outcome of these same economic values and praxes. All attempts to come up with technological or values shifts keep getting absorbed and overcome by the pressing motif of economic growth. This chapter uses Heidegger’s concept of the technological enframing of modernity, to view Keynes’ notion of economic growth, which he called the ‘multiplier’, and the pace of consumerism that has taken over every aspect of knowing about the world we live in. The article asks us to think through our technological enframing anew by looking to an early mechanical Greek artefact, the Antikythera Mechanism.
Ruth Irwin has been Professor of Education at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Fiji. Before that she was in Auckland, NZ. Her research focuses on educational futures in the light of climate change. She makes use of Continental, Feminist and Indigenous philosophy to trouble neoliberal narratives about subjectivity, pedagogy, economics, and modernity. She has published a number of books, including Heidegger, Politics and Climate Change(2008); Climate Change and Philosophy (2010); A Handbook on Educational Policy with Martin Thrupp (2010), and Beyond the Free Market with David Cooke (2014) and is currently working on two new texts, one titled Ecology of Economics and Educational Futures, and the other on a History of Pedagogical Style. This presentation will be a part of the first of these two books.
All are welcome. The paper is attached here.