1st Edition

Defending the Value of Education as a Public Good Philosophical Dialogues on Education and the State

Edited By Katarzyna Wrońska, Julian Stern Copyright 2024

    Centred around a philosophical argument for contemporary education as a fundamental good, this edited volume demonstrates the benefits that education brings in a civil and flourishing societal context while also critiquing the state’s role in supporting and strengthening this educational focus.

    Chapters present in-depth philosophical and historical arguments that explore core aspects of education that are frequently overlooked, illustrating education’s role as a non-partisan public good during contentious times. Through this volume, diverse voices are heard from those with experience of life under communism as well as life in a stable democracy arguing, for example, that despite differing contexts, the value of education is autonomous and intrinsic. Ultimately drawing on conceptual frameworks, this timely volume reconciles the Anglo-American Continental dialogues on education and presents novel and challenging ideas to its readers.

    Striving to inspire new research through its various reflections on the relationship between education and the state, the book will be useful to scholars, researchers, and academics in the fields of philosophy of education, education policy, sociology of education as well as theory of education.

    The Introduction as well as Chapters 3, 5, 6 and 7 of this book are freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA) 4.0 license.

    Chapter 9 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    Introduction: Education and the State - Between Past and Future Katarzyna Wrońska and Julian Stern


    Part I: Education and the state


    Chapter 1. Uncovering education as a practice in its own right Pádraig Hogan


    Chapter 2. An optimistic anarchist’s guide to education and the state Julian Stern


    Chapter 3. Education, ideology, and critical thinking Tomasz Leś


    Chapter 4. Educational dimension of acts of political forgiveness Jarosław Horowski


    Part II: Balancing the purposes of schooling


    Chapter 5. Becoming, knowing, and governing oneself in Erasmus’s educational theory and practice Joanna Kostyło


    Chapter 6. Competition in education from the perspective of liberalism and liberal education Katarzyna Wrońska


    Chapter 7. Education and democracy nexus: Social media as a "space" of formation of a sense of responsibility for oneself and for others among young people Marcin Rebes


    Chapter 8. Mind-shift for 21st-Century Education: Entrepreneurism Stephen R. C. Hicks


    Part III: The Future of education


    Chapter 9. Pedagogy, learning, and becoming oneself Rafał Godoń


    Chapter 10. The eclipse of a liberal-democratic state and the future of education Piotr Kostyło


    Chapter 11. Reforming the university: considering Niklas Luhmann's remarks Katarzyna Guczalska and Wioleta Gałat


    Chapter 12. Doctoral education, the state, and public goods in a changing world Mike Bottery


    Conclusion Julian Stern and Katarzyna Wrońska


    Katarzyna Wrońska is Associate Professor in Faculty of Philosophy, Jagiellonian University, Institute of Education, Poland.

    Julian Stern is Professor of Education and Religion, Bishop Grosseteste University, UK.