Education and the Corporation

Last week, I watched the ‘The Corporation’ with my students, a documentary in which the role and behaviour of modern corporations in our society is examined as if it concerned a psychiatric patient. According to my students, only a new generation of business people is able to perform more ethical and sustainable corporate behaviour. Their intuition of the necessity of a new generation makes clear that education (paideia) can no longer be understood as maieutics; it presupposes a disciplinary intervention of the earth itself. I agree that we are desperately in need of a new human ‘ethos’ which enables us to take care of the future of our planet, although no signs can be found of such an earthly intervention today. As a consequence, future education programs should embrace new forms of geomancy.

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