Biography

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.

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Key Professional Appointments

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

Adjunct ProfessorSchool of Foriegn Studies, Guangzhou University, 2010 - 

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

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

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Education

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

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Awards, Honors, Associations

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

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

Distinguished Senior Scholar2008 - 2009

Fellow and member of advisory committee2004 - 

Macmillan Brown Lecture series2001 - 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'.

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Publications

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)...

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

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

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

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. (2009) Renewing the American Dream: Obama’s political philosophy.. Policy Futures in Education

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

Peters, M., Kessl, F. (2009) Space, time, history: The reassertion of space in social theory.. Policy Futures in Education

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

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

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

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

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>

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

Kvernbekk, T., Simpson, P., M.A., ., Peters, M. (2008) Military Pedagogies and Why They Matter Rotterdam & Taipei: 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., Besley, A. (2006) Building knowledge cultures: Education and development in the age of knowledge capitalism.. Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, MD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peters, M. (2006) Higher education, development and the learning economy Policy Futures in Education

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

Peters, M., Olsen, M., Lankshear, C. (2003) Futures of critical theory: Dreams of difference.. 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., 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

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Member of Executive1998 - 

Michael Peters

Professor Emeritus, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

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