The Europe of Knowledge – or a Europe of Lost Spirit? - Rethinking Politics of Education in Neoliberal Times

Jenny Steinnes


This article seeks to listen out for contemporary echoes of the concerns and descriptions of social and political challenges Rudolf Steiner gave 100 years ago. It aims further to compare, with an emphasis on politics of education, Steiner’s perspectives on social renewal with the perspectives of three contemporary intellectual and political activists: Simon Critchley, Slavoj Žižek and Bernard Stiegler. The article concludes that such echoes can be found, and that they can inspire to work for the autonomy of educational institutions.

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