Book review: Whitehead, J. (2018) Living Theory research a way of life

TitleBook review: Whitehead, J. (2018) Living Theory research a way of life
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsGlenn, M
JournalEducational Journal of Living Theories
Start Page103
Date Published06/2018
Type of Articlebook review
AbstractThis long-awaited book from Jack Whitehead contains eight previously-published papers dating from 1989 (many of which draw on much earlier work also), up to the present day (2018). It is a celebration of Whitehead's most significant writings, which contain his seminal ideas around his development of Living Theory research. Throughout the collection of papers, Whitehead creates and shares explanations of his educational influence in his own learning, in the learning of others and in the learning of social formations. He guides readers to explore ideas around some key aspects of Living Theory such as: what constitutes a living-educational-theory, Living Theory as a methodology, living logic and the use of multimedia narrative to clarify and communicate the meanings of embodied values and their use as explanatory principles and living standards of judgement. The well-chosen collection of papers has been selected by Whitehead to guide readers through various aspects and nuances of Living Theory and to encourage them to explore the process for themselves. The papers highlight important aspects of Whitehead's development of Living Theory, such as embodied values as explanatory principles to clarify and justify educational influence; validity; living contradiction and epistemology. A commentary precedes each paper which serves not only to locate the paper in the landscape of Living Theory, but also gives a sense of Whitehead's own reflexivity as he looks back, with current eyes on the content of the paper. In these commentaries, Whitehead highlights the connections that can be made with previous or forthcoming papers in the book, as well their relevance to current social and political phenomena.
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