Education, Society and Human Nature (RLE Edu K): An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Education, Society and Human Nature (RLE Edu K)

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education, 1st Edition

By Anthony O'Hear


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Intended primarily for education students this book provides an introduction to the philosophy of education that tackles educational problems and at the same time relates them to the mainstream of philosophical analysis. Among the educational topics the book discusses are the aims of education, the two cultures debate, moral education, equality as an ideal and academic elitism. It examines the limitations of a purely technological education, and suggests the shape of a balanced curriculum. It critically analyses important educational theses in the work of Rousseau, Dewey, R S Peters, P H Hirst, F R Leavis, Ronald Dworkin and G H Bantock, among many others, and considers the philosophical copics of relativism, the nature of knowledge, the basis of moral choice, the value of democracy and the status of religious claims.


‘The book is much more than an exposition of any system or method. It is a treatise on education itself – a book of mellow wisdom, clearly and beautifully written.’ Teachers’ World

‘Everyone who is trying to find better methods of teaching and attempting to understand educational needs should read this book….’ Preparatory Schools’ Review

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction: Philosophy and Education. 1. Objections to Liberal Education. 2. A Modern Education and Its Justification. 3. Learning and Teaching. 4. The Curriculum. 5. Moral Education. 6. Education and Society. Conclusion: Education and Philosophy. Bibliography. Index.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Education

Routledge Library Editions: Education consists of 244 volumes by some of the greatest educationalists, teaching professionals and policy makers of the twentieth century. The volumes are available in a set; in mini-sets themed by sub-discipline; or individually, in your choice of print or ebook.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects