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Routledge Library Editions Backlist

International Library of the Philosophy of Education reprints twenty-four distinguished texts published in this field over the last half-century.

Themes discussed include: Liberal education, moral education, the aims of education, the education of teachers, adult & continuing education and the philosophical analysis of education.


  1. Illusions of Equality (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 7)

    By David Cooper

    Educational policy and discussion, in Britain and the USA, are increasingly dominated by the confused ideology of egalitarianism. David E. Cooper begins by identifying the principles hidden among the confusions, and argues that these necessarily conflict with the ideal of educational excellence -...

    Published December 8th 2009 by Routledge

  2. Education, Values and Mind (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 6)

    Essays for R. S. Peters

    By David Cooper

    R. S. Peters has not only been the major philosopher of education in Britain during second half of the twentieth century, but by common consent, he has transformed the subject and brought it into the mainstream of contemporary philosophy. The ten essays in this book attest to his influence whether...

    Published December 7th 2009 by Routledge

  3. Plato, Utilitarianism and Education (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 3)

    By Robin Barrow

    Three lines of argument are central to this book: that Plato's views as expounded in the Republic indicate that he was a utilitarian; that utilitarianism is the only acceptable ethical theory; that these conclusions have significant repercussions for education. Throughout the book the exposition of...

    Published December 8th 2009 by Routledge

  4. John Dewey reconsidered (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 19)

    Edited by R.S. Peters

    John Dewey was one of the most influential American philosophers of his time and also one of the most prolific, with about forty books and 700 articles to his credit. When this book was originally published in 1977 Dewey's work, with the exception of his important contributions to the...

    Published December 7th 2009 by Routledge

  5. The Concept of Education (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 17)

    Edited by R.S. Peters

    A series of public lectures given at the Institute of Education, University of London provides the nucleus around which this collection, originally published in 1967, is gathered. This collection provides comprehensive coverage of a complex theme which will be of interest to those involved in the...

    Published December 6th 2009 by Routledge

  6. The Aims of Education Restated (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 22)

    By John White

    John White's study is the most substantial work on what the aims of education should be since Whitehead's Aims of Education of 1929. It draws on material not only from schools and colleges, but also from the broader educative or miseducative nature of the 'ethos' of society and some of its...

    Published December 7th 2009 by Psychology Press

  7. Philosophical Analysis and Education (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 1)

    Edited by Reginald Archambault

    When originally published in 1965 this book reflected some of the new thinking among philosophers regarding the role of the discipline in its investigation of central issues in educaton. The essays are grouped into four major sections: The Nature and Function of Educational Theory; The Context of...

    Published December 8th 2009 by Routledge

  8. Beyond Domination (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 23)

    An Essay in the Political Philosophy of Education

    By Patricia White

    This volume introduces a new conception of political education and new roles for headteachers and parents in the creation of a more democratic educational system. The book proposes curbing the power of teachers, including headteachers, stripping parents of their rights, and making political...

    Published December 7th 2009 by Routledge

  9. Moral Education (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 4)

    By Norman J. Bull

    A companion volume to Moral Judgement from Childhood to Adolescence specially written for teachers and students of education. This volume includes analysis of the broad stages in the developmental pattern; of the key variables that must shape it, and of their function in moral judgement; and of the...

    Published December 7th 2009 by Routledge

  10. Moral Judgement from Childhood to Adolescence (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 5)

    By Norman J. Bull

    Originally published in 1969 this book analyzes the development of moral judgement in children and adolescents. Interviews were held with 360 children aged 7 to 17, with equal numbers of either sex. Original visual devices were planned to elicit judgements in moral areas known to be of universal...

    Published December 8th 2009 by Routledge

  11. Knowledge and the Curriculum (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 12)

    A Collection of Philosophical Papers

    By Paul H. Hirst

    The papers in this volume provide a coherent philosophical study of a group of important and pressing educational issues such as the selection of objectives for less able children, the fundamental characteristics of teaching and the integration of the curriculum. A thesis on the necessary...

    Published December 7th 2009 by Routledge

  12. Education and the Development of Reason (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 8)

    Edited by R.F. Dearden, Paul H. Hirst, R.S. Peters

    This volume critically and constructively discusses philosophical questions which have particular bearing on the formulation of educational aims. The book is divided into three major parts: the first deals with the nature of education, and discusses the various general aims, such as 'mental health'...

    Published December 7th 2009 by Routledge

  13. Concepts of Indoctrination (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 20)

    Philosophical Essays

    Edited by Ivan A. Snook

    Indoctrination is an important concept in educational philosophy. It bears on many areas of study, including ethics, epistemology and philosophy of science, and opens up new paths of investigation into such questions as classroom method and the rights of parents and their children. This book brings...

    Published December 8th 2009 by Routledge

  14. The Philosophy of Open Education (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 15)

    Edited by David A. Nyberg

    'Open', 'informal', and 'humanistic' are words used to describe new styles of education which depart from ordinary or traditional education. Too often, however, these adjectives are used in a strongly polemical or self-justifying rather than analytical way. Often too, the grounds for...

    Published December 8th 2009 by Routledge

  15. Values, Education and the Adult (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 16)

    By R.W.K. Paterson

    In this study of the main conceptual and normative issues to which the education of the adult gives rise, the author demonstrates that these issues can be understood and resolved only by coming to grips with some of the central and most contentious questions in epistemology, philosophy of mind,...

    Published December 6th 2009 by Routledge

  16. Beyond the Present and the Particular (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 2)

    A Theory of Liberal Education

    By Charles H. Bailey

    Charles Bailey advances a modern characterization and justification of liberal education and defends such a view of liberal education against contemporary challenges. The book will be of special value to those guiding educational policy, designing curricula and reflecting on their own teaching...

    Published December 7th 2009 by Routledge

  17. Ethics and Educational Policy (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 21)

    Edited by Kenneth A. Strike, Kieran Egan

    This is a philosophical treatment of the conceptual and normative aspects of topics which are currently a matter of policy debate in education. The authors have focussed on such concepts as liberty, autonomy, equality and pluralism, and have provided a philosophical commentary which relates these...

    Published December 6th 2009 by Routledge

  18. New Essays in the Philosophy of Education (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 13)

    Edited by Glenn Langford, D.J. O'Connor

    The contributors to this collection of essays offer a stimulating and varied range of approaches to this developing area. The volume includes discussions on the concept of education and such related topics as indoctrination and the nature and scope of the theory of education. Aspects of education...

    Published December 7th 2009 by Routledge

  19. Philosophy of Education (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 14)

    An Introduction

    By Terence W. Moore

    This volume provides an introduction to the philosophy of education, which will enable students meeting the subject for the first time to find their way among the many specialized volumes. It deals in a non-technical way with the more important issues raised in a philosophical approach to education...

    Published December 8th 2009 by Routledge

  20. Philosophers as Educational Reformers (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 10)

    The Influence of Idealism on British Educational Thought

    By Peter Gordon, John White

    This volume assesses how far the ideas and achievements of the 19th century British Idealist philosophical reformers are still important for us today when considering fundamental questions about the structure and objectives of the education system in England and Wales. Part 1 examines...

    Published December 8th 2009 by Routledge

  21. Preface to the philosophy of education (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 24)

    By John Wilson

    It is sometimes said that the philosophy of education is not a serious and coherent philosophical area of inquiry. John Wilson examines this argument, taking it as the starting point for his book. He believes that most 'philosophy of education' until now has been little more than the promotion of...

    Published December 7th 2009 by Routledge

  22. Experience and the growth of understanding (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 11)

    By D.W. Hamlyn

    This volume examines some of the arguments that have been put forward over the years to explain the way in which understanding is acquired. The author looks firstly at the empricist thesis of genesis without structure, and secondly at the opposing theory, represented by Chomsky of...

    Published December 8th 2009 by Routledge

  23. Educational Judgments (International Library of the Philosophy of Education Volume 9)

    Papers in the Philosophy of Education

    Edited by F. Doyle James

    The topics covered in this volume, originally published in 1973, include the need for a more adequate concept or definition of education, the issue of whether indoctrination is compatible with education, particularly with moral education, and the processes of judging the merits of different...

    Published December 8th 2009 by Routledge