Guattari's ecosophy and implications for pedagogy

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Guattari's ecosophy has implications for many types of pedagogy practiced in the school. While Guattari never explicitly advocated the educational use of ecosophy, I explore in this article how it can be used as a lens to 'read' pedagogy in nuanced ways, highlighting oppressive premises and practices. I first discuss Guattari's ecosophy, defining key terms and advocating ecosophy as a philosophy that calls attention to the interactions and 'parts' of assemblages of existence-a philosophy radical and encompassing enough to make intelligible the dynamic connections between various fields of existence, trajectories into the new, and trajectories more destructive in nature. I then offer a 'reading' of two different pedagogical strategies that have achieved a wide following in the last few decades: direct instruction, and critical pedagogy. Reading these pedagogies through ecosophy allows us to name more fully the troubling assumptions and lacunae to be found within them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-338
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Philosophy of Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2014


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