First published in 1959, Authority, Responsibility and Education focuses on the philosophy of education and is concerned with the question of moral education. It was originally based on talks delivered mainly on the Home Service and Third Programme of the BBC between April 1956 and January 1959 but, due to its wide appeal and popularity, it was revised to include work from a further 10 years of the author’s teaching and experience in the subject.
The book is written in three parts on authority, responsibility, and education, and uses several theories, including those by Marx and Freud, to achieve his aims. Although originally published some time ago, the book considers many questions that are still relevant to us today.
Preface to Revised Edition; Part I: The Changing Face of Authority 1. The Nature of Authority 2. Living Without Authority 3. Authority and the Family 4. Authority in Educational Institutions Part II: Freud, Marx and Responsibility 5. The Contemporary Malaise 6. Destiny and Determinism 7. Causes and Morality Part III: Education and Moral Education 8. Education and Initiation 9. Education and Seeing What Is There 10. Must and Educator Have an Aim? 11. Training Intellect and Character 12. Form and Content in Moral Education
R. S. Peters on Education and Ethics reissues seven titles from Peters' life's work. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the books are concerned with the philosophy of education and ethics. Topics include moral education and learning, authority and responsibility, psychology and ethical development and ideas on motivation amongst others. The books discuss more traditional theories and philosophical thinkers as well as exploring later ideas in a way which makes the subjects they discuss still relevant today.