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Education and Philosophy

Education and Philosophy
An Introduction

First Edition

May 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

“Education and Philosophy” accomplishes a rare feat. It provides a lucid, accessible and comprehensive introduction to the long traditions of education and philosophy and their co-implication, as well as to philosophy of education. An exciting and provocative reading of education and philosophy, it offers a diagnosis of our contemporary educational ills, arguing that the current state of education is a symptom of the crisis of modernity, whilst refusing a nostalgic return to the past. This book constitutes a major contribution both to philosophy of education and to philosophy, which so often today forgets its intimate relationship with education.

Aislinn O'Donnell
Maynooth University

Whilst Allen and Goddard take educational and philosophical ideas from the past and present and make them feel satisfyingly like our own, their genius is in making us uncomfortable about how easily such ideas satisfy us. Education and Philosophy should be praised as a rare and necessary act of educational insubordination. 

Maurizio Toscano
University of Melbourne

Comprising an outstanding reach and depth of scholarship, original and provocative insights, and a writing style that deals with its necessary complexities clearly without ever becoming unnecessarily complicated, there is little else like this book.

Emile Bojesen
University of Winchester
Educational Philosophy and Theory

Really relevant for students on MA programme.

Dr Paul Demetriou-Crane
Education, Havering College of FE And HE
July 10, 2019

On our PGCE PcET course we have students coming form a wide range of disciplines. Now at last we can recommend one starter text which provides a background to educational philosophy.

Mr Sam Emmett
Early Childhood Education, Glyndwr University
July 1, 2019

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
October 22, 2018

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