The Name of the World is Chaos: Learning in the Anthropocene

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Abstract

All learning revolves around the act of questioning. How do you address chaos with questioning? Answers are important and relevant, but they reflect the questions we ask. The quest in learning, the ability to learn, does not come from answers unless you question them. To learn is to question how to question. Now, the Anthropocene shocks and provokes apathy. In its shadow, both the old problems and their solutions stand as outdated responses for action to follow. The circumstances from which the old questions emerged change, old questions are now inappropriate. The long and steady decline of convincing arguments for an improved capitalist economy and its technological fixes presents us instead with a depressing mass of problems that have replaced the previous goals of neo-liberal systems. In Chapter 15, we present an approach to the chaos presented by the Anthropocene condition, based on small steps and aesthetic action. If the Anthropocene is the age of ontological and epistemological chaos, then what does it mean to learn?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking Education in Light of Global Challenges : Scandinavian Perspectives on Culture, Society, and the Anthropocene
EditorsKaren Bjerg Petersen, Kerstin von Brömssen, Gro Hellesdatter Jacobsen, Jesper Garsdal, Michael Paulsen, Oleg Koefoed
Number of pages11
Place of PublicationAbingdon
PublisherRoutledge
Publication date2022
Pages193-203
Chapter15
ISBN (Print)9781032108193, 9781032108209
ISBN (Electronic)9781003217213
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
SeriesRoutledge Research in Education, Society and the Anthropocene

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