Education, Liberal Democracy and Populism: Arguments from Plato, Locke, Rousseau and Mill, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Education, Liberal Democracy and Populism

Arguments from Plato, Locke, Rousseau and Mill, 1st Edition

By David Sullivan


192 pages

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Education, Liberal Democracy and Populism: Arguments from Plato, Locke, Rousseau and Mill provides a lucid and critical guide shedding light on the continuing relevance of earlier thinkers to the debates between populists and liberals about the nature of education in democratic societies.

The book discusses the relationship Rousseau and Plato posited between education and society, and contrasts their work with the development of liberal thinking about education from John Locke, and John Stuart Mill’s arguments for a the importance of education to representative democracy. It explores some of the roots of populism and offer a broader perspective from which to assess the questions which populists pose and the answers which liberals offer. The book makes a substantial contribution to the current debate about democracy, by emphasising the central importance of education to political thought and practice, and suggests that only an education system based on liberal democratic principles can offer the possibility of a genuinely free society.

This book is ideal reading for researchers and post graduate students in education, politics, philosophy and history. It will also be of great interest to Educational practitioners and policy makers.

Table of Contents




Chapter One: Populism, Education and Challenges to Liberal Order

Chapter Two: Plato: Two Philosophies of Education?

Chapter Three: John Locke: A Liberal Philosophy of Education

Chapter Four: Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Education, Emile and Remaking Society

Chapter Five: John Stuart Mill: Education and Liberty

Chapter Six: Education in Democratic Societies



About the Author

David Sullivan, prior to his retirement, was Head of the School of Lifelong Learning and Senior Lecturer in the School of Philosophy and Religion at Bangor University, Wales, UK. He has written widely on political philosophy, philosophy of education and international politics and the 2nd edition of his Frances Fukuyama and the End of History (jointly authored with Howard Williams and Gwynn Mathews) was published in 2016.

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Routledge Research in Education Policy and Politics

The Routledge Research in Education Policy and Politics series aims to enhance our understanding of key challenges and facilitate on-going academic debate within the influential and growing field of Education Policy and Politics.

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