First published in 1966, this book was written to serve as an introductory textbook in the philosophy of education, focusing on ethics and social philosophy. It presents a distinctive point of view both about education and ethical theory and arrived at a time when education was a matter of great public concern. It looks at questions such as ‘What do we actually mean by education?’ and provides a proper ethical foundation for education in a democratic society. The book will appeal to both teachers and students of philosophy as well as education.
Preface; Interoduction; Part One: The Concept of ‘Education’ 1. Criteria of ‘Education’ 2. Education as Initiation; Appendix to Part One Part Two: Ethical Foundations of Education 3. Classical Theories of Justification 4. Equality 5. Worth-While Activities 6. The Consideration of Interests 7. Freedom 8. Respect for Persons, Fraternity and the Concept of Man Part Three: Education and Social Control 9. Authority and Education 10. Punishment and Discipline 11. Democracy and Education; Index
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.