Michael A Peters is Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Adjunct Professor at RMIT. He is the editor of Educational Philosophy and Theory (Blackwell) and Policy Futures in Education and E-Learning. Recent books include: Showing and Doing: Wittgenstein as a Pedagogical Philosopher (Paradigm, 2008) with Nick Burbules and Paul Smeyers; Global Knowledge Cultures (Sense, 2008) with Cushla Kapitzke; Subjectivity and Truth: Foucault, Education and the Culture of Self (Peter Lang, 2007), Why Foucault? New Directions in Educational Research (Peter Lang, 2007), Building Knowledge Cultures: Educational and Development in the Age of Knowledge Capitalism (Rowman & amp; Littlefield, 2006), all with Tina (A.C.) Besley.

Key Professional Appointments

Adjunct ProfessorSchool of Foriegn Studies, Guangzhou University, 2010 - present

Adjunct ProfessorSchool of Fine Arts, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 2008 - present

ProfessorEducational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005 - present

ProfessorEducational Studies, University of Glasgow, 2004 - 2005

Adjunct ProfessorSchool of Education, University of Auckland, 2003 - 2005

Adjunct ProfessorCommunication Studies, Auckland University of Technology, 2000 - 2005

Research ProfessorEducational Studies, University of Glasgow, 2000 - 2003

ProfessorSchool of Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2000 - 2003


Ph.D., Philosophy of Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1984

M.A., Philosophy, University of Auckland, 1979

B.S., Philosophy of Science, Canterbury University, 1976

B.A., Geography, Victoria University of Wellington, 1970

Awards, Honors, Associations

Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 2010.2010 - present

Fellow of the New Zealand Academy of the Humanities, 2007.2009 - present

Distinguished Senior ScholarCollege of Education, 2008 - 2009

Fellow and member of advisory committeeRoyal Society of Arts (FRSA), 2004 - present

Macmillan Brown Lecture seriesUniversity of Canterbury, 2001 - 2001

Research & Service

My main research interests are in education and philosophy, social theory and policy studies with a focus on the significance of both contemporary philosophers (Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Heidegger) and the movements of poststructralism, critical theory and analytic philosophy to the framing of educational theory and practice. I am also interested in philosophical and political economy approaches to questions of knowledge production, consumption and constructions of the 'knowledge economy', with an emphasis on social media, p2p, and openness in education and science. My major current projects include work on distributed knowledge systems, creative and open knowledge, learning and publishing systems, and 'open education'.


Marginson, S., Murphy, P., & Peters, M. (2010) Global Creation: Space, Connection and Synchrony in the Age of the Knowledge Economy New York: Peter Lang link >

Peters, M. (2010) Three forms of knowledge economy: Learning, creativity, openness British Journal of Educational Studies 58 (1), 67-88

Simons, M., Olssen, M., & Peters, M. (2010) Re-Reading education policies: Studying the policy agenda of the 21st century Rotterdam & Taipei: Sense Publishers link >

Peters, M. (2009) Academic writing, genres and philosophy.. Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford link >

Peters, M. (2009) Education, creativity and the economy of passions: New forms of educational capitalism Thesis Eleven 96, 40-63

Peters, M. (2009) Renewing the American Dream: Obama’s political philosophy. Policy Futures in Education 7 (1), 125-128

Peters, M. (2009) The changing architecture of global science University of Illinois, Center for Global Studies link >

Peters, M. (2009) The ghostly promise of enlightenment Europe: Habermas, Derrida and the predicament of the west Review of Contemporary Philosophy 8

Peters, M., & Biesta, H. (2009) Derrida, Politics and Pedagogy: Deconstructing the Humanities.. Peter Lang: New York link >

Peters, M., & Kessl, F. (2009) Space, time, history: The reassertion of space in social theory. Policy Futures in Education 7 (1), 20-30

Peters, M., Besley, T., Olssen, M., Maurer, S., & S. (Eds.), . (2009) Governmentality studies in education.. Sense Publishers: Rotterdam link >

Peters, M., Murphy, P., & Marginson, S. (2009) Creativity and the global knowledge economy.. Peter Lang: New York link >

Kvernbekk, T., Simpson, P., M.A., ., & Peters, M. (2008) Military Pedagogies and Why They Matter Rotterdam & Taipei: Sense Publishers link >

Peters, M., Blee, H., & Britton, A. (2008) Global Citizenship Education: Philosophy, Theory and Pedagogy Rotterdam: Sense Publishers link >

Peters, M., Burbules, N., & Smeyers, P. (2008) Saying, showing and doing: Wittgenstein as pedagogical philosopher.. Paradigm Press: Boulder, CO

Peters, M. (2007) Das neuseelandische bildungsexperiment: Von demokratischer partizipation zum selbstmanagement und von der umfassenden wohlfahrtsberechtigung zur privaten investitionsinitiative. Arbiet, bildung & gesellschaft Peter Lang: Frankfurt am Main

Peters, M., & Besley, T. (2007) Why foucault? New directions in educational research.. Peter Lang: New York

Peters, M., & Freeman-Moir, J. (2006) Edutopias: New utopian thinking in education.. Sense: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Peters, M. (2006) Environmental education and education for sustainable development Policy Futures in Education 3 (3)

Peters, M. (2006) Higher education, development and the learning economy Policy Futures in Education 4 (3), 279-291

Peters, M. (2006) Higher education, development, and the learning economy. the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB): Oxford

Peters, M. (2006) Lyotard, nihilism and education Studies in Philosophy and Education 25 (4)

Peters, M. (2006) Neoliberalismus, Sozialwissenschaftleche Literatur Rundschau, 'Zeitschrift fur Sozialarbeit, Sozialpadagogik, Sozialpolitik und Gesellschaftspolitik', 29 jahrgang, 2006, heft 53, pp. 54-59 9in German

Peters, M. (2006) The promise of politics and pedagogy in Derrida. Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 28 (2), 123 - 139

Peters, M. (2006) The rise of global science and the emerging political economy of international research collaborations. European Journal of Education: Research, Development and Policies, the European University: Betw Discipline and Network 41 (2), 225-244

Peters, M., & Besley, A. (2006) Building knowledge cultures: Education and development in the age of knowledge capitalism.. Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, MD

Peters, M., & Grierson, E. (2006) Introduction: The legacy of Jacques Derrida [Special Issue]. Access: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies, 24 (1-2)

Smeyers, P., & Peters, M. (2006) Postfoundationalist themes in the philosophy of education: Festschrift for James D. Marshall.. Blackwell: Oxford, UK

Peters, M., & Burbules, N. (2004) Poststructuralism and educational research.. Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, MD

Peters, M., Lankshear, C., & Olssen, M. (2003) Critical theory and the human condition: Founders and praxis.. Peter Lang: New York

Peters, M., Olsen, M., & Lankshear, C. (2003) Futures of critical theory: Dreams of difference.. Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, MD

Peters, M., & Ghiraldelli, P. (2002) Richard Rorty: Education, philosophy and politics.. Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, MD

Peters, M. (2001) Poststructuralism, Marxism and Neoliberalism: Between theory and politics.. Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, MD

Peters, M., & Besley, T.. Subjectivity and truth: Foucault, education and the culture of the self.. Peter Lang: New York

Peters, M., & McDonough, T.. Neoconservatism: Remoralizing Education.. Special issue of Critical Studies in Education

Peters, M., Maurer, S., Weber, S., Olssen, M., & Besley, A.. Governmentality and Beyond: Education and the Rise of Neoliberalism: Rotterdam Sense

Peters, M.. Academic self- knowledge and deceit: A personal history of prejudice. Contemporary philosophers of education Sense Publishers: Rotterdam

Peters, M.. 'Wittgenstein, Education and the Philosophy of Mathematics' in LINGUISTIC AND PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS Vol. 6, May 2007 (Reprint)..


Publications series editorResearch and Knowledge Futures, 2006 - present

consulting editorCanadian Journal of Education, 2006 - present

Editorial Board MemberFast Capitalism, 2006 - present

Editorial Board MemberSozialwissenschaftliche Literatur Rundschau, 2006 - present

Publication series editorStudies in Education, Philosophy and Culture Series, 2006 - present

member of international advisory boardStudies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development, 2006 - present

Publications series editorKey Critical Thinkers in Educational Thought, 2006 - present

Publication series editorEducational Philosophy and Theory Special Issues Book Series, 2005 - present

Publication series editorInterventions: Education, Philosophy and Culture, 2005 - present

Publications series editorContexts of Education - A Series of Handbooks, 2005 - present

Publications series editorEducational Futures - Rethinking Theory and Practice, 2005 - present

Publications series editorEducational Politics and Policy, 2005 - present

Editorial Board MemberReview of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 2005 - present

Editorial Board MemberGlobalization and Health, 2005 - present

Editorial Board MemberIdeas and Dialogue, 2004 - present

Publications series editorNew Literacies and Digital Epistemologies, 2004 - present

Consulting editorKwartalnik Pedagogiczny, 2004 - present

Co-EditorSymposium Publications, E-Learning, 2004 - present

Editorial Board MemberContemporary Pragmatism, 2004 - present

Editorial Board MemberFast Capitalism, 2004 - present

EditorPolicy Futures in Education, 2003 - present

consulting editorAccess, 2001 - present

Editorial Board MemberGeschaftsstelle des Jahrbuch für Bildungs- und Erziehungsphilosophie, 2001 - present

Editorial Board MemberSérie Fontes, 2001 - present

Member of ExecutivePESA, 1998 - present

EditorEducational Philosophy and Theory, 1998 - present


Michael Peters

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