Although there have been a few historical accounts of the anarchist school movement, there has been no systematic work on the philosophical underpinnings of anarchist educational ideas - until now.
Anarchism and Education offers a philosophical account of the neglected tradition of anarchist thought on education. Although few anarchist thinkers wrote systematically on education, this analysis is based largely on a reconstruction of the educational thought of anarchist thinkers gleaned from their various ethical, philosophical and popular writings. Primarily drawing on the work of the nineteenth century anarchist theorists such as Bakunin, Kropotkin and Proudhon, the book also covers twentieth century anarchist thinkers such as Noam Chomsky, Paul Goodman, Daniel Guerin and Colin Ward.
This original work will interest philosophers of education and educationalist thinkers as well as those with a general interest in anarchism.
'This is an excellent book that deals with important issues through the lens of anarchist theories and practices of education…The book tackles a number of issues that are relevant to anybody who is trying to come to terms with the philosophy of education.' - Higher Education Review
1. Anarchism – Definitions and Questions 2. Anarchism and Human Nature 3. Anarchist Values? 4. Authority, the State and Education 5. The Positive Core of Anarchism 6. Anarchism Goes to School 7. Education for an Anarchist Society 8. Vocational Training and Political Visions 9. What’s So Funny About Anarchism?