Opening the Book

Prof. Michael A. Peters
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I want to discuss one aspect of the new messianism about e-texts that I have called simply ‘openness’—what I allude to by ‘Opening the book’. I do so, first, by foregrounding the concept of the open society as discussed by Henri Bergson and then by Karl Popper; second, by tracing the growth of the Open Access movement as a reaction against the economics of publishing; and third, by entertaining the concept of open knowledge production systems that in my view will not mean the ‘end of the book’ but its radical subsumption in a new electronic textual system that will involve a set of changes in all aspects of the ‘culture of the book’ including all phases of its creation, production and consumption as well as its practices and institutions of reading and writing.

Keywords: E-Texts, Openness
Stream: Libraries
Presentation Type: Plenary Presentation in English
Paper: Opening the Book

Prof. Michael A. Peters

Professor, Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
Chicago, IL, USA

Michael A. Peters is professor of education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2005-). He held a chair as research professor and professor of education at the University of Glasgow (2000-2005) as well as positions as adjunct professor of education at the University of Auckland and adjunct professor of communication studies at the Auckland University of Technology. He is the editor of three international journals: Educational Philosophy and Theory; Policy Futures in Education; and, E-Learning. He is the author or editor of over thirty books, including most recently Deconstructing Derrida: Tasks for the New Humanities (Palgrave, 2005), Building Knowledge Cultures (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), Why Foucault? New Directions in Educational Research (Peter Lang, 2006), and Edutopias: New Utopian Thinking in Education (Sense, 2006). His research interests include educational philosophy, education and public policy, social and political theory.

Tina (A.C.) Besley is professor of counseling at the California State University, San Bernardino. She is the author of many books, monographs and articles including, Counseling Youth: Foucault, Power and the Ethics of Subjectivity (Sense Publishers, 2006) and Why Foucault? New Directions in Educational Research, with Michael Peters, (2006).

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