The Problem of Matter of Education in the Digital Age

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The aim of the article is to philosophically address and expand the contemporary discourse of the increasingly digitalized education by examining the problem of matter of education and its conceptualizations in this context. With the digital transformation of education a significant change occurs not only in terms of what is considered to be a matter of education, but also in the very principles of interaction between the subjects of education. In order to do this, in the first section several examples of conceptual justifications of applying digital technologies in education are examined with the task of demonstrating how in such justifications the activity of education is reduced to the process of learning and what risks such instrumental interpretation engenders. Then, these issues are analyzed and contextualized utilizing the material of the philosophical discussion of the 20th century - the critique of the progressive education in the analytic philosophy of education. By outlining the relevance of the arguments of discussion on manner/matter to realities of digital education, the issue of the dominance of the logic of learning in current education is analyzed. In the last section several adjustments to the contemporary discourse on digitalization of education are proposed, aimed at finding a balance between individual and social dimensions of the problem of matter of education, given the current tendency of mass personalization in education. Particularly, the importance of the idea of education as a common good in the contemporary educational discourse is claimed.

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Tatiana V. Sokhranyaeva

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Author for correspondence.

PhD in Philosophy, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy of Education, Faculty of Philosophy

27-4, Lomonosovsky prospekt, GSP-1, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation

Ivan D. Zamotkin

Lomonosov Moscow State University


MA in Philosophy, PhD student, Department of Philosophy of Education, Faculty of Philosophy

27-4, Lomonosovsky prospekt, GSP-1, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation


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