Odyssean Education Plays the Coronavirus - Ideation and the Immune Institution

Neary, Mike (2020) Odyssean Education Plays the Coronavirus - Ideation and the Immune Institution. Post Digital Science and Eductation, 2 (3). pp. 665-669. ISSN 2524-485X

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s42438-020-00136-1

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The paper provides a critique of the concept of Odyssean Education - a programme for teaching and learning in higher education set out by Dominic Cummings, the Chief of Staff to the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Odyssean education supports an interdisciplinary approach to problem-based learning favouring the natural sciences, cybernetics and machine intelligence. The focus of the paper is Cumming's proposal for institutional immunity in the context of a pandemic. The paper counterposes Cummings' version of institutional immunity with communist science. Communist science, after Marx, is based on the notion of ideation; or, critical practical reflexivity: the rigorous critique of everything that exists - to create an institution immune from its own delusions.

Keywords:communist science, higher education, immunity, ideation
Subjects:L Social studies > L433 Education Policy
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
L Social studies > L200 Politics
L Social studies > L370 Social Theory
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
L Social studies > L150 Political Economics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:22 Jun 2020 09:04

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