Postulational Rhetoric and Presumptive Tautologies: The Genre of the Pedagogical, Negativity, and the Political

  title={Postulational Rhetoric and Presumptive Tautologies: The Genre of the Pedagogical, Negativity, and the Political},
  author={Tomasz Szkudlarek},
  journal={Studies in Philosophy and Education},
In the paper I analyze two features of the genre of the pedagogical. First is a particular usage of “should” statements (which I call postulational rhetoric) where one can identify an effect of erasing present normative behavior, while that which is postulated is turned into an unattainable ideal, or a value. Second, I analyze “presumptive tautologies” in the discourse of aims of education. I focus on negative dimensions of these two features and, using theoretical insights from Laclau and… Expand
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