Paideia and Cosmopolitan Education: On Subjectification, Politics and Justice


  • Rebecca Adami Senior Lecturer, Södertörn University



critical cosmopolitanism, education, human rights, subjectification, paideia, justice, political community


Can human rights in education enhance students and teachers capacity to reimagine their local community and to rethink the rules and laws that support such a social community? This paper is a political philosophical inquiry into human rights in education, drawing on the work of Hannah Arendt, Cornelius Castoriadis and Adriana Cavarero. By placing learning at the center of political philosophy through the notion of paideia, we need to ask how such an education can look like. According to Castoriadis, society exists only insofar as it is embodied in its social individuals. Society and its individuals are in a constant process of becoming toward relational autonomy that implies a moral self-limitation. At the core of my philosophical inquiry into moral subjectification is the need to re-think human rights and the pedagogical subject in relational terms that imply self-limitation and political engagement in a wider cosmopolitan community


Rebecca Adami, Senior Lecturer, Södertörn University

Senior lecturer, Department of Learning och Cultural Studies, Södertörn University





Adami, R. (2015). Paideia and Cosmopolitan Education: On Subjectification, Politics and Justice. Studier I Pædagogisk Filosofi, 4(2), 68–80.