Semiotic Subjectivity in Education and Counseling: Learning with the Unconscious

1st Edition

Inna R. Semetsky

October 14, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 208 Pages - 9 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138290211 - CAT# Y317651
Series: Routledge International Studies in the Philosophy of Education


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Semiotic Subjectivity in Education and Counseling demonstrates the importance of addressing the concept of the unconscious in learning. Exploring the innovative theory of edusemiotics, it challenges the received notion of learning as solely academic, cognitive and linguistic, instead offering an ethico-aesthetic paradigm that draws on research in psychology, philosophy and semiotics to offer a new direction in educational theory.

The book argues for holistic education throughout life, challenging the widespread approach to lifelong education as merely professional training. This approach rejects the schism between matter and spirit that pervades Western thinking and represents a paradigm shift in rethinking spirituality in education and counseling from psychological, philosophical and semiotic perspectives, while never separating it from logic and reason. Semetsky argues that experiencing, and subsequently giving voice to that which is usually bypassed in silence, contributes to human learning and transforms our habits.

Semiotic Subjectivity in Education and Counseling combines educational semiotics with moral psychology and existential philosophy, keeping the focus on meaning for experience. As such, it is essential reading for academics, researchers and postgraduate students across the fields of educational philosophy, educational psychology, religion, counselling and cultural studies.

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