Biannual Conference London Institute of Education - Centre for Philosophy of Education location:London date:17 December 2009
In this presentation we present the findings of an intensive study seminar on Giorgio Agambens “Idea of Prose”. Searching for a general line to bring together some ideas we took from this book we choose the title “Idea of Life”. This is because we think that this is precisely what is at stake in Agambens considerations concerning the possibility of thinking, speaking, giving meaning and creating. We present this thought in relation with some concrete examples, which have important bearings on traditional educational topics, e.g. the relevance of finitude and death, politics, shame, peace, etc. We also focus on some methodological issues, as we think that the very style of presentation which Agamben employs might shed a new light on what philosophy and educational sciences might mean.