R. S. Peters

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2014-12-18
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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What does it mean to say that someone is an educated person? How do we know what's worth including in a school curriculum? Is a good moral education about developing good habits, or critical thinking? What role does the development of knowledge and understanding play in living a good life? These are all questions that were robustly taken up by the philosopher of education, R.S. Peters. In an era of immense reform (and confusion) about the values, aims and purposes of education, Peters developed a clear and nuanced account of what education is really about and how educational policy and practice can make good on its promise.

This text undertakes a careful and accessible reconstruction of the major themes of Peters' thought in order to demonstrate the continuing relevance of his project, both for educational researchers and teachers and student teachers seeking to better understand the nature and scope of their work and study.

Author Biography

Stefaan E. Cuypers is Professor of Philosophy at the KU Leuven University, Belgium. He works in philosophy of education, philosophy of mind and epistemology. He is the author of Self-Identity and Personal Autonomy (2001), the co-author, together with Ishtiyaque Haji, of Moral Responsibility, Authenticity, and Education (2008), and an invited contributor to The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education (2009), edited by Harvey Siegel.

Christopher Martin is Assistant Professor of Education at the University of British Columbia, Kelowna, Canada. He works in philosophy of education, moral and political philosophy and moral education. He is the author of Education in a Post-Metaphysical World: Rethinking Educational Policy and Practice (2012) and co-editor, together with Stefaan E. Cuypers, of Reading R. S. Peters Today. Analysis, Ethics and the Aims of Education (2011).

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface

Part I: Intellectual Biography of R.S. Peters
1. Peters' Analytic Paradigm in the Philosophy of Education

Part II: Critical Exposition of R.S. Peters' Educational Thought
2. The Concept of Education, Aims, and Educational Processes
3. Initiation and the Educated Person
4. The Ethical Justification of Education
5. Liberal Education, the Quality of Life, and Teacher Training
6. Comprehensive Moral Education and Personal Autonomy
7. Educating the Emotions and the Life of Reason

Part III: Reception and Relevance of R.S. Peters' Work
8. The Impact and Importance of Peters' Analytic Paradigm


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