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Education and Philosophy

Education and Philosophy
An Introduction

© 2017 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Philosophy is vital to the study of education, and a sound knowledge of different philosophical perspectives leads to a deeper engagement with the choices and commitments you make within your educational practice.

This introductory text provides a core understanding of key moments in the history of Western philosophy. By introducing key transition points in that history, it investigates the plight of present day education, a period in which the aims and purposes of education have become increasingly unclear, leaving education open to the rise of instrumentalism and the forces of capital.

Accessibly written, the book carefully analyses the common assumptions and conflicted history of education, provoking questioning about its nature and purposes. The authors argue vigorously that thinking critically about education from a philosophical perspective will give practicing and trainee teachers, as well as students on undergraduate Education and Masters-level courses a fuller command of their own role and context.

Philosophical Schools
Ancient 'Solutions'
Education and God
Education and Humanism
Enlightenment and Modernity: Descartes and Locke
Enlightenment and Modernity: Hume and Kant
Modernity and its Problems
Modernity and the Figure of 'Man'
Critique, Emancipation and Education
Education and Government
Confined to the Present

This is a lucid introduction, yet one that has a clear, elegantly articulated thesis concerning the essential interanimation of philosophy and education.

Dr Oliver Belas
School of Education, Bedfordshire University
September 7, 2018

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