Ideas of Education: Philosophy and politics from Plato to Dewey

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-05-20
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Why has thinking about politics over the centuries been quite so intertwined with thinking about educational theory and practice?Educational themes have an almost invariable place in political and social philosophy, bound up as ideas about education are with philosophical anthropology, as well as with metaphysics and epistemology, with questions of the realisation of values in society, and with questions of virtue including wisdom. While many would resist the idea that there are simply perennial concerns in philosophy, it really is the case that those whose political writings have been singled out for detailed attention over the longest span of time have generally tended to have a deep interest in education, and often something quite distinctive to say on the subject.Accordingly, this book draws together a fascinating mix of educational pioneers and thinkers from the canon of philosophers and philosophical schools and groups from the classical, medieval, early modern and modern. The book includes chapters on Plato, Aristotle, the Roman Stoics, Scholasticism, Erasmus and More, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, the Scottish Enlightenment, Wollstonecraft, Humboldt, nineteenth-century feminism, Utopian socialists, J.S. Mill, Carpenter, Dewey and the British Idealists. While each chapter is independent, they also cover some common ground, including:ća scholarly analysis of thinking about pedagogy, socialisation, schooling and university education, with particular relation to the concern articulated by the thinker in question about public and private life, and personal and political powerreference to their historical and intellectual contextan overview of the current reception, understanding and interpretation of the thinker in questionthe educational legacy of the theories or theorists.A full-length introduction, picking out methodological concerns with regard to the place of education in philosophy, and focusing on notable continuities, changes, and discontinuities in the place and treatment of education by the thinkers covered will be written by the editors.This book will be of interest to students, researchers and scholars of education and students and teachers of political theory and thought, and social and political philosophy.

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