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On Learning

A General Theory of Objects and Object-Relations

Distributed for UCL Press

On Learning

A General Theory of Objects and Object-Relations

A philosophical work that tackles the question, “What is learning?”.

What is learning? This book is a philosophical work that develops a general theory of ontological objects and object-relations, examining concepts as acquired dispositions. David Scott answers a series of questions about concepts in general and the concept of learning in particular. This volume offers a counterargument to empiricist conceptions of learning, rejecting the propagation of simple messages about learning, knowledge, curriculum, and assessment. Instead, Scott argues that values are central to understanding how we live, permeating our descriptions of the world, the attempts we make at creating better futures, and our relations with other people.

318 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

Education: Higher Education, Philosophy of Education

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Table of Contents



Part One: The general theory

1. Introduction – learning as a concept and as a practice

2. Transcendental knowledge

3. Judgements and criteria

4. Object-relations – research into learning

5. Values and learning theories

6. Difference

7. Knowledge dualities

8. Institutional/systemic power

9. Identity and consciousness

10. The general theory

Part Two: Learning as a concept and a practice

11. Philosophies of learning

12. Learning theories and models

13. Technology, artificial intelligence and learning

14. Literacy and numeracy

15. Dispositions – innateness and essentialism

16. Progression and Learning

17. Pedagogy as reflection and Imagination

18. Curriculum and assessment

19. A history, archaeology and genealogy of learning

20. Time and learning

21. Spatial relations

22. A conclusion – learning as a disposition



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