the becoming-deficient pedagogy: notes for anthropology philosophicaleducational of plasticity


  • alexandre simão freitas Universidade Federal de Pernambuco.



devir-deficiente, plasticidade, antropotécnicas, formação humana


This essay discusses the formative processes while antropotechnic processes. The expectation is to contribute for the debate about the meanings inherent in speeches that promote and disseminate multiple devices for inclusion of differences. The central argument defends that the abandonment of reflection on the notion of plasticity has deprived the philosophy of education to think the exposure processes of lives that do not allow themselves to double the existing normative codes, hiding a possible becomingdeficient's own pedagogy. The becoming-deficient pedagogy goes through expressive manifestations of the life forms that explode and are made disaster. Plasticity is configured so as a condition of possibility and as a threat to domesticating humanism. Following the reflections of Peter Sloterdijk and Catherine Malabou, plasticity is thought of as an indication that all human life is an unavoidable accident, and disability only a limit on biopolitics attempts to reconstruct an ideal or totalizing model of the human. Disabled people can save some disturbing lessons about our pedagogical maxims. The becoming-deficient pedagogy points an ethical-political will to think about human development beyond the notion of perfectibility, jeopardizing one of the esoteric secrets of Western pedagogical reflection.

Author Biography

alexandre simão freitas, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco.

Professor Adjunto do Departamento de Administração Escolar e Planejamento Educacional e Professor Permanente do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Educação, atuando na área de Filosofia da educação com ênfase nos estudos foucaultianos.



How to Cite

freitas, alexandre simão. (2016). the becoming-deficient pedagogy: notes for anthropology philosophicaleducational of plasticity. Childhood & Philosophy, 12(24), 231–260.