Global justice and education: from nation to neuron

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What is the relationship between education and global justice? This question is addressed within Ulrich Beck's notion of global ogoodso and obadso, through a multidisciplinary approach, which E.O. Wilson terms oconsilienceo - a ojumping togethero of knowledge from international relations to neuroscience. A critical political analysis proposes that global justice is not, as claimed, dependent on nation states but predates them. The educational contribution can be viewed as oknowledge as a global public goodo and obado, within which intergenerational justice is promoted through oindirecto cultural leadership to create a future-oriented odesign for livingo. The paper then explores a deeper evolutionary psychology understanding of why educating for global justice is difficult, and yet potentially easy. Understanding obrain lago is central. The concluding arguments are that education has, historically, been a precursor of justice not just an outcome, and that it should embody a right of access to diverse global knowledge, ideas, and jokes.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-356
Number of pages14
JournalEducational Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • global justice, evolutionary psychology, global citizenship, education rights, global public goods