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ABSTRACT. This paper responds to the provocation provided by Peters’ ‘Four Contexts for Philosophy of Education and its Relation to Economic Policy.’ It is in one sense another provocation that invites consideration of the ascendancy of forms of neoliberalism concurrent and interactive with epoch marking technological and social change. It takes up themes of governmentality and governing and looks to introduce a consideration of power and the network based processes by which consent is manufactured in the informational society. In particular it focuses on the relation between economic rationality and its increasing annexation of the approved and authorized discourse of education. It concludes with a somewhat melancholy assessment of the potential for impending change in this new spirit of education encapsulated by the idea of ‘perpetual training.’ pp. 143–151

Keywords: neoliberalism; education; networks; power

ROBERT A. DOHERTY
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University of Glasgow

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